Our 1990 Bronco II on its way to Cars For Charity
Although this car has not been technically ours since July of 2001 when we gave it to S, our Japanese house guest, it has been parked beside our house for 13 years. It served reliably as mountain and muddy road vehicle, then tow car and finally as commute-to-university car for S. About six months ago it began to have problems that were no longer cost-effective to repair and was parked, permanently it seemed, after S bought a low-cost used car to replace it. After several tickets for being in the street-sweepting zone on the fourth Thursday of the month, S asked us what he could do with it as It had a flat tire and could not be driven more than a block. I suggested Cars For Charity. Last week S told us that he had arranged for it to be picked up. Yesterday the Baby Bronco was hauled away.
We are not ones to become attached to our transportation vehicles. The 1991 Acura and 2001 Jeep Liberty we drive are not prima dona vehicles. They are methods to arrive at places we need to go. That said, the Bronco II has appeared in 13 years of photos and "remember-when" stories and as I saw the tow-truck pull away, many of them darted through my mind.
The same night that S told me he was giving up the Bronco, he said that since he now has a permanent work permit and a good job, he will be moving to his own place by the end of September. He moved into our house on Thanksgiving Day of 1994 (while he was a beginning student of English), and now 11 years later he has graduated from Colorado University with BFA in film-making, has a great job with a media company and is leaving "home" to make his own way. We have joked that we will never be empty-nesters as we'll always have S. Well, the nest will soon be empty, marking the end of an era: After hosting over 400 foreign adults since 1980, I believe that S will be our last foreign guest. He also holds the record for the longest stay. We love him and will see him often as he too is part of our photos and memories--and a very real part of our family.