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Story from a reader
From The Collectors Newsletter #513 -- April 2007 (04-09-2007)

I've been fascinated with the stories of loved ones letting their presence be known from beyond, particularly the ones about cars. My story, however, has nothing to do with the car radio! My mother passed away at the young age of 54 after a long battle with cancer. Being the oldest daughter, I took a leave of absence from work during my Mom's final months to care for and be with her. On a rainy afternoon about a month before she died, I was stretched across her bed talking while she played with my hair. I asked her that if she could after she died, would she give me a sign to let me know she was okay. She said that better yet, she would be my guardian angel. She was able to keep her sense of humor up until the end.

The second week in June, she finally gave up her battle and died peacefully in her sleep. After the service at the funeral home, I decided I wanted to drive my own new car to the cemetery rather than ride in one of the limos so I could have some time alone. On the way there, my "check engine" light lit up and then started flashing! At first, I was horrified that my car would break down and I wouldn't make it to the cemetery but after a few miles of the car driving fine but the check engine light still flashing, I said "Hi Mom - are you going to live in my car now?" I was joking at the time.

In the weeks after the funeral, I took my car into my regular mechanic and then to the dealer and spent over $500 to try and get that aggravating light to go out, but to no avail. It's now been 11 years and 120,000 miles and my check engine light still flashes at me at least once per trip. I've long ago outgrown this car and bought others but can't bear to part with it even though it spends most of the time under a cover in the driveway. My only son turns 16 this week and I've been teaching him to drive my little old car (it's a stick) and told him to treat my faithful old car like a lady because she is. After all these years looking after me, I'm happy to pass the car on to my son so my mom can watch over him now. Sandy - West Chester, OH


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