“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all in one Accord…” – Acts 2:1
“I do not speak of my own Accord…” – John 12:49
Yesterday evening, on the verge of falling asleep, I suddenly started thinking about all the different cars we have owned since Rebekah first hooked up with her used Chevy Chevette just before we were married.
Rebekah named her first car “Elmo”, after the garage owner who sold it to us. I was more inclined to call the powerless two-door “The Shove-it” – something we actually had to do after the stick-shift came off in my hand one afternoon in rush-hour traffic on Atlanta’s Memorial Drive back in 1981!
Elmo was followed up by a brand new Datsun B-310 hatchback, one of the best cars we have ever owned. Then in 1983 I spent $100 on a derelict Ford Courier pick-up to get me to classes at UWF. Since then we have consistently run two cars.
Other than the Datsun, I’d say the vehicles we loved most were the Honda Accord, the (3rd) Grand Caravan, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Mazda pickup, my Hyundai Sonata, the Saturn Aura, and my current WW Golf.
I still remember Rebekah’s excitement when we realized we didn’t need a van anymore. That’s when she purchased her Santa Fe, a vehicle she loved and drove for 11 years.
None of the gallery below are my own photos, I Google searched make and model, then color when possible.
So here goes (11 of these were purchased new):
- Chevette; B-310;
- Cavalier wagon;
- Cavalier “coup”;
- Mazda Protege;
- the series of vans;
- Datsun “hardbody” pickup (I totaled it t-boned by semi!);
- Ford Ranger;
- Mazda pick-up;
- Santa Fe;
- Golf Tdi…
That adds up to 22 (and that’s not counting the vehicles Andrew and Naomi had when they were still at home. I don’t think I missed any.
Rebekah’s Santa Fe hung around the longest (it’s still in the family, being driven by a niece), and my Elantra lasted maybe three days before Naomi totaled it with a little over 200 miles on the clock (it may be some kind of a record)!
I do like cars, and the process of selecting a new one, but I’m praying our current two – the 2012 Rav-4 and the 2012 Golf – will last a good many more years.
In the meanwhile, enjoy this gallery… and please don’t judge our poor choices too harshly!
Peace and more peace – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.