Meatmobile I and Meatmobile II

This is Meatmobile II. It’s supposed to be in the garage, but Rich parked it on the street last night, so it’s the first thing I saw today when I opened the back door.

ImageThis is the kitchen table. As I came back through the door, it was the first thing I saw.

ImageThe connection between these two objects is one word: GENEROSITY

Rich’s parents haven’t been with us for several years now, and not a day goes by that they aren’t thought of in some way. They were two of the most generous people I have ever known. Mom would give you the coat off of her back if you needed it, and dad would probably give you everything down to his underwear, and maybe even that if you truly needed it.

Our house was a lot of space to fill when we were first married. Over the years, Rich’s mom and dad helped us fill the empty spaces. They gave us their sofa, coffee table, and end tables when they purchased new. A refrigerator, an upright freezer, dressers, and book shelves came our way – even a furnace when they bought a new one.

We had a scary, behemoth of a furnace in the basement, and it was very cool having a “spare furnace” on hand when it finally died.

They gave us a beautiful, pecan wood dining table with matching chairs. We used it for many years, but we gave it away to a family of ten when Dad gave us the smaller kitchen table and chairs you see in the picture.

Vehicles were another story. After Mom passed, Dad eventually dated another woman and Imagespent several years with her. When our son needed a car, Dad bought this woman’s car and gave it to our son. It always had a faint smell of meat. I don’t know what kind of meat. It was as though an old salami had gone under the back seat to die at some time. I nicknamed the car the Meatmobile, and it stuck.

After Dad passed, he left his car to us. It’s the car in the picture above. I don’t know if it came to us with a missing hubcap or if Rich lost it somewhere along the way. It vaguely smelled like meat, too, and I can’t help but wonder what perfume Dad’s friend wore, or if she made it herself from essence of salami. I deemed the car Meatmobile II.

My mother used to love going on one day bus trips. It had been quite a while since she had been on one, so Rich and I made up a flyer for Meatmobile Tours, and we planned our own day trip using Meat Mobile II. It was a Saturday in December a few years ago, and we took my Imagemother to the A Christmas Story House in Cleveland, followed by a late lunch at a café/pub in Peninsula. We shopped at several of the town’s small shops, and finished our day trip at Blossom Music Center for their drive-thru Christmas light display. It was a fantastic day.

I haven’t participated in the WordPress Daily Challenges for a while, but when I saw this one, I knew I wanted to tell this story. Mom and Dad were wonderful people, and their generosity knew no bounds.

Before I close, I want to share one more story of generosity that happened just a few hours ago. Rita Kay at Teaching David to Cook gives helpful cooking and gardening tips on her blog. She has been reading my books, and she delights me so much as she finishes one and tells me how much she enjoyed the story. She has generously taken time from her usual blogging topics to devote a post to my books and my blog. I am truly honored, and I’m still smiling. If you would drop by her blog, read what she wrote, and leave a like, I would be appreciative, and I’m sure she would, too. Please consider following Rita Kay while you are there. She is one of the kindest people I have met since blogging, she is generous, and her comments always make me smile.

Leave a comment before you go! Share a generosity story of your own – or a meatmobile story.

(WordPress Daily Prompt: Take Two – Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.)

58 thoughts on “Meatmobile I and Meatmobile II

  1. My in-laws were like that–so generous and giving. They helped us out with little things when we were poor students. My father-in-law owned a Wendy’s restaurant, and he’d give my husband and I gift cards to eat there. It was wonderful, especially when there was little cash for anything else.

  2. What beautiful people they must have been. It’s wonderful to have kindness like this in your life and it will stay with you forever. This is a lovely tribute to them for the challenge 😀

  3. I’m late! I’m late! I know……crazy weekend and gonna be a crazier week. Really nice stories Maddie! So happy you had those kind of nice people in your life. 🙂

  4. Ah yes. The generous parents. He had me at possibly giving his underwear. My parents have always been pretty generous in the furniture department, but that is mostly due to my mom’s inability to keep a coffee table for more than three years.

    • I wish my parents would have turned their furniture over more often. As it was, my younger brother ended up with their discards most often. It is fun to get “used goods” from family though – and we sure appreciated all of them. 🙂

  5. Maddie, thank you so much for sending everyone to my site, it’s been a lot of fun seeing all the hits I’m getting. The write up you wrote is so nice, I’ll have to frame it. Thanks again, it made my day !!! Oh and by the way I looove the “Meat Mobile ll”

  6. Very nice post! Thanks for posting this one! I loved the entire story and the meat smell lines are funny. It’s tuff losing a loved one and not a day goes by that we don’t wonder what if…their stuff and memories tend to comfort us. Keep up the good work and once again congrats to all your success:)

    • Thanks, Mike. Other than my mother, Rich and I both lost parents much too young. I do play the “what if” game sometimes. My dad never had a chance to meet our son, but we do have good memories. Thank you so much for your support. And I think I should have asked for “later Michael Jackson” to be added to your list. 😉

    • Thanks! The meatmobile is missing a hubcap. Rich said it came to us that way, and we simply never looked for another. A graphic looked better than the ugly, black tire. Thank you for visiting Rita!

    • Hi Kenny! I’ll be over to check out your new blog soon. I need to catch up with you. I think I’ve missed a couple of your posts. I’m looking forward to seeing your work with Gimp. 🙂

  7. Great nick names for the cars and great post for the challenge! I think it has been awhile since I have done a wordpress challenge as well. Are your books on Kobo E-reader by chance? Hope all is well with you and your family!

    • Sometimes things get a little silly around here, and the WP challenges give me an opportunity to settle down a bit. 🙂 My books are only eBooks, and yes, they are at Kobo. Thank you for asking. I like the new look on your blog, and the picture of you and your wife is really lovely.

    • I have been, Hook. And like you, who is also blessed, I don’t take it lightly. … I have my husband keeping an eye out for a good, used Kindle for me. I have a Nook Tablet, but it seems so many WP authors only have their eBooks on Kindle. Your book is on my computer now, and I’ll transfer it to a Kindle as soon as I get one! Then I’ll read it. 😉

  8. I was glad to get the scoop on that back wheel in your response to someone else above. Everyone’s first vehicle should have a history, along with some weird quirk. That way they have great stories, like this one, to share later in life!

    • Rich said he would make a hubcap for me to put on the picture, but I kind of liked the graphic swirl I made. Our son will forever remember his first vehicle was a meatmobile. Yes, it will be a great story to tell his kids one day. 🙂

    • Hi Tony! Thanks to Bo, I looked in my spam folder and found you there along with one of his comments. It’s a conspiracy, I tell ya! … And yeah, that old lady definitely had a meat smell about her. I wonder if she just did a lot of the same type of cooking and it permeated everything. … Rich’s mom and dad were really great. Thanks for commenting.

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