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Flossie’s Unexpected Gift

Posted on May 10, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   6 Comments | Posted in ford · serendipity
If you are a frequent visitor here then you know serendipity is one of my favorite things. I love finding something surprising and wonderful when I am expecting something less, or nothing at all. Well, Friday was a day of serendipity!

A few months ago during frigid winter temperatures I wrote about how the driver’s side seat warmer burned out in my car, forcing me to suffer from cold buttism. Now, in the heat of early summer, the A/C is in a rut. I’d love some cool, but Flossie Ford is stuck on the idea of me with a warm backside.  I told her she’s behind the times and cool air is where it’s at, but she’ll have none of it. I wanted warm and warm I shall have.

The outside temp was a whopping 92 on Friday, and Flossie teased me with air that alternated between lukewarm and warmer. Hoping for a cool cross breeze I drove with the windows down and the sunroof open, and that was when serendipity found me. My nostrils twitched from a delightful onslaught of scents from fresh cut grass to blooming things I cannot identify. Even the smell of tar reminded me of a long ago trip to Hampton Beach with my daddy. The wind whipped through the car’s interior, my hair blew with no care for style, I heard tree leaves dancing, dogs barking, kids playing, and in those moments I thanked Flossie for gifting me with the sensuous assault.

Upon my arrival at home I closed up the windows and roof, turned off the engine and marched straight into my air conditioned house, because it was freaking hot out, y’all.  But I did appreciate the beauty of the spring day and I love that something as uncomfortable as a blitzed air conditioner resulted in one of the nicest car rides in my recent memory.

I am grateful serendipity hunted me down.  I am also grateful Flossie’s extended warranty doesn’t expire until January.  She better behave after that or we’ll have words.

Have a serendipitous week!

6 Responses to "Flossie’s Unexpected Gift"

  1. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    May 10, 2010 at 7:05 am  

    Lisa, I know exactly what you're talking about. Twenty years ago when I moved from the city to the suburbs, I realized that what I missed most was the scents and sounds of an evening stroll around the city block: dogs barking, T.V.s blaring through open doors, bacon sizzling, charcoal barbqueing the evening meat, floral scents, and children laughing. I felt isolated when I hauled myself indoors. Before A.C. life was a blast of heat and aromas. Now with air conditioning, there is less porch sitting and neighborly chats. But I don't like to sweat, so…

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 10, 2010 at 12:46 pm  

    Hi Linda – My daddy always said, "You pay a price for everything." Until now, the idea of paying anything for A/C besides my electric bill did not cross my mind. It seems we have paid in other ways but, like you, I'm unwilling to give up the comfort of a cool car or home. I don't like to sweat either, unless it is because I'm sitting on the beach.

  3. Comment by Lynn
    May 10, 2010 at 1:27 pm  

    Nice post – here in St. Louis the weather is so chilly, we want to close the doors to make it warmer, but I'm toughing it out as I LOVE hearing all the outdoor sounds. But oh when it's hot, you can bet I'll be inside in the A/C.

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm  

    We're so spoiled, aren't we? Thank goodness. 🙂

  5. Comment by BECKY
    May 13, 2010 at 9:42 am  

    Hey Lisa! Somehow I missed this post and the one after, about Froggy Pancake!! (eewwww!!)I feel the same about A/C. I've written bits about that, too….of playing outside as a young child and hearing all the "living" that was going on inside my neighbors' homes. Too bad we can't "have it all"….

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 13, 2010 at 10:42 pm  

    Hi Becky – We've lost a lot through "progress". Some of the old stuff we had growing up was pretty darn good.

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