Saying goodbye to the past and looking forward to the future

Today was a day full of reflection.

On Saturday  we were involved in a four vehicle accident while on our way to pick up our oldest child from taking his ACT test. Thankfully, we were not severely injured, nor were any of the other passengers of the other vehicles. Unfortunately, our Expedition died a sudden tragic death and had to be towed away.

After dropping my husband off at work today, I headed over to the tow lot so that I could finish emptying out the rest of our belongings. This turned out to be a very sad moment for me with several tears (tears of joy and tears of sadness). This truck has been with us since my youngest came into this world seven years ago. This truck has been my companion on many road trips, and has always been extremely reliable. I knew that the day would come when we would finally decide to trade it in, but I just didn’t expect it to happen in the manner that took place, nor as quick as it did.

The reality all boils down to the fact that we hold on to things a little more than we should. I guess what I’m saying is that without change, we all become complacent with our lives. We should embrace change even when that means you will lose a close companion, albeit a vehicle, but nonetheless a member of your family. With change, some obstacles are bound to be discovered along the path. For instance, a new vehicle payment, but without obstacles, that path would get boring.

I am looking forward to the future because everyday is a gift to be alive, and I will continue to stay positive.

Great things that I have discovered because of this ordeal has included:

  1. Always make sure your vehicle is vacuumed immediately after each and every road trip 🙂
  2. Life, health, and happiness, is far more important than a vehicle being smashed up
  3. Embrace change
  4. Staying positive will keep you sane
  5. Family always comes first

In loving memory of our Ford Expedition




Just in case you were wondering, our son was picked up by a family member. It was very worrisome since he didn’t have his cell phone (no electronics are allowed during the exam) so there was no way to inform him that there was a change in plans on who will be picking him up.

What have you had to say goodbye to in order to move on to the future? Please tell us your story!