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Sunday, December 22, 2019

A Brand New Car!!

A Brand New Car!!
I'm taking off from blogging for CHristmas, so I will post some CHristmas re-runs instead.  Regardless of my "Humbug" post, I do love Christmas.  

Merry Christmas to all! 

It is Christmas Time, I know by all the commercials I see of Brand New Cars in the driveway with giant ribbons on them; presents for the dutiful wife.
Oh, she is so surprised, so happy.  All the neighbor wives are jealous and all the neighbor husbands will be sleeping on the couch.  What a great generous present.
Mrs. C just watched this year’s first Brand New Car commercial and informed me that if I ever surprised her with a Brand New Car with a ribbon out in the driveway she would, in the words of my Grandma Gus “Crown Me.”  Why?
“First of all, if we need and can afford a Brand New Car, I want to be part of picking it out, the make, style, color and accessories…NOT YOU!
Secondlythe Brand New Car (or brand new used car) Christmas present is the grown-up version of socks.  You’re going to need them anyway, might as well make it Christmas present."
Think about it, the Brand New Car Christmas present is only for people that are so rich that it is no big deal, or for people that absolutely need a Brand New Car and go into hock for it.  Might as well throw a ribbon on it and call it a present.  Most women I know would think you are a cheapskate who simply dodged getting an actual Christmas present for their wife.
All of this brings me to a famous family story which is told in one of my books that you will never read and in fact I discourage anyone from reading. 

“The Christmas MG.”
It was 1955.  My father always drooled over the classic MG TF sports car.  However, with three children not yet in high school the classic MG TF sports car would be completely impractical, and the expense as a second car was out of the question.  Still a man can dream, and my pop clearly dreamed of motoring to work in a top down classic MG TF sports car.

On Christmas that year, any presents for my dad were hidden away.  He watched contentedly as his wife and three boys joyfully tore through their presents.  When all was done he asked,
“Isn’t there a present for your dear old dad?”
“Oh, yes there is, we saved it for last.  It is in the garage.”
Dad grew noticeably excited and you could see running through his head,
“Is it possible?  But we can’t afford this.  I mean I want it, but it is not practical and how will we pay for it?  Maybe they’ve been saving their allowance and grocery money for a few years.”
So, dad went to the garage still too stunned to think logically and he had the belief that just maybe, somehow, there would be a Brand New MG TF sports car in the garage.
And there was. 
In the middle of the empty garage was an 8-inch model of the very MG TF classic sports car my father so coveted.  My brother yelled out,
“Oh no, it shrunk!  I knew we should have had it Sandforized (giyp)!”
Oh yes, we all had a good laugh at dear old dad’s expense, and he took it well.  He smiled, claimed “You almost got me” and then went back inside to open his real presents which were hidden in a closet.
Yes, he took it well, but he never again got the same gleam in his eye when he saw an MG TF sports car.  It was a great gag, but he not only lost a car, he lost a dream. 
I don't know what happened to the toy model...I never saw it again.
Sorry Dad…it was Jim and Chris’ idea.
Years later when I turned 18, I spent $200 and dad threw in another $600 so I could own a used 1958 MGA sports car.  I think dad lived part of his dream through that car.

My Dad and a young Cranky

Merry Christmas!


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  2. You sure look good in that car.

    Wishing you all the best this Christmas and always for you and your family, friends and your readers too. Keep blogging.

    God bless you all.

  3. I'm glad your dad enjoyed your car, too! Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas!

  4. Merry Christmas Joe. I hope Santa is good to you and your family.

  5. As adults we can dream and hope that Christmas miracles really do happen. Sorry your Dad got punked on that gift...adults have to take it with a smile...kiddos just cry. I'm glad he got to enjoy yours and that's something you both could share and have memories together. I hope your Christmas is filled with family, fun and good food!

  6. Who thought that up? My gr-daughter wants a horse. Hmmm.

  7. Oh, my heart. How i wish your father could have had his sports car.

    Merry Christmas!

  8. Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. C!

  9. I bet your dad was glad to help you achieve getting that car! Really tired of all the car ads this time of year. I agree with Mrs. Cranky. Would never want my hubby to surprise me with a car especially if he incurred a bill like that without checking with me if it was feasible to do so!

    Merry Christmas!


  10. I've done the same thing, bought one son a new Harley Davidson motorbike, about six inches long and he loved it, bought a new car, Matchbox size, the day after she had hers crushed into a bus stop, (with her in it, but unhurt), by someone running a red light while she was on her way to work. She had to be cut out with a "jaws of life" machine.

    I had a reply here and lost it when the cat ran across the keyboard as I got up to answer the phone which is on the charger all the way across the room :(

  11. Stop that cat!
    Seriously, I enjoyed this post immensely. I felt a bit sorry for your Dad, but he handled it well.

  12. The picture of the MG took me back. Years ago my boyfriend had a white one. He was a fireman who worked 24 hours and had 48 off. On his 24, it was MY car. Loved it.
    Ha ha, such a mean prank on your Dad but glad he could see the humor. Hope you let him drive your sharp looking ride.
    Never quite thought of it but Mrs. C is probably right about it being like socks.