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Sunday, March 5, 2017
My Gramma Can't Park That Truck!
Today's Imagery in the Post has absolutely nothing to do with the random musing of the Story Line. *LOL* Tho' there are a lot of things that change or are affected as you Age I didn't realize that my ability to Park would be one of them!
I own a big ole' Truck, a King Cab Nissan Titan, I absolutely Love it, but I can't park it worth a damn! Or even fit it into most spaces without doing lots of Math calculations in my Head first! And I Hate Math and Calculating shit on the spur of a Moment and accurately! *Smiles*
Tho' it's not the first big ole' Truck I've ever owned, I now realize that at this Season of Life, I can't Park that big ole' thing so well anymore as I used to be able to park a big ole' vehicle effortlessly in the Past! So what the Hell happened? What changed this time as I Aged!?!
These Age related changes are so subtle you see, that you don't even realize they even happened! Until you try to do something you always USED to be able to do... and now you can't, or it's mighty damned hard all of a sudden! Yep, it creeps up on you insidiously and you can't even always explain it or even know just WHEN you Lost it??!??!
Now, it happens to The Man first, since he's almost six years older than moi, and when it was him, sometimes it could be Funny... or even Irritating. *Smiles* Like when he backed into this Fancy Mailbox at Old Villa Boheme' with his big ole' Truck he owned at the time and took it right out! Snapped it like a twig, hadda scrap it at the Recycle Center for a mere Nine Bucks... I was SO Mad at him!
But now it's me, NOT so Funny anymore and I want some Grace extended... you know how it is, 'til it'syou there isn't the right perspective. *LOL* Now it's the G-Kid Force thinking it's Funny or Irritating when I do it... you just wait Guys, your Day is coming! *Winks* Hey, we all get Older, I mean damn, ALL of our Adult Children are Middle Aged now... how and when did that happen?!? *Smiles*
But it is Humbling and True... you should see how crazy the angles are that I've pulled into parking spaces! That's even IF I can get it into a regular parking space, or easily pull it back out of one!? And if I can get it in at all without hitting anything I don't Care anymore how straightly I'm parked, I'm just relieved... I'm IN, good enuf!! *Smiles*
The logistics are rather intimidating sometimes and I Pray I can do it... get parked?! Did parking spaces get smaller, narrower? Did the isles to get into them get closer together!? So that you can hardly back a big vehicle out of them without risking backing into something parked on the other side of the isle behind you?!
Apparently the previous Owner of my big ole' Truck had the same Issues, probably even worse than my own Issues. Since they put dents in both the front bumper and the rear bumper and traded it in with hardly any miles on it and gently used otherwise! I Wonder now, were they Advanced Season of Life peeps that had also Lost their ability to park worth a shit?! *Bwahahaha!*
Thankfully I have had no incidents, just close calls and can't take credit for any of the bumper damage! But, that took the edge off kinda, bumpers already dented so I won't absolutely Freak Out whenever I do put my very own ding in one some day! *LOL* Yes, it has a backup Camera and one of those alarms that alerts you when you're getting too close. Which just heightens my anxiety lemme tell ya when that damned thing starts beeping in Panic Mode and faster like it's gonna 'Code' and Flatline! *LOL*
But I really like big ole' Trucks, I always have, so even tho' this Gramma can't park that Truck worth a damn, I'm working on it my Friends. Yes, even tho' I am embarrassing the Hell outta the G-Kid Force when we get out of the vehicle and I'm parked all cattywampus! And they don't wanna be seen getting out or getting into it as any party of the offensive parking violator! *Smiles*
You see, I remember... back when my Dad used to drive around for what seemed like forever in a parking lot bypassing numerous empty spaces. I had no Understanding... now I totally 'Get It'... and I Wish I hadn't given him such a hard time about it! He was such a Proud Man he'd never admit he couldn't do something anymore you see.
And Yes, it IS Humiliating, that first time you have to admit it... even to yourself, that changes have taken place... and especially out loud to others. That first time you Need help getting up... getting out of something... getting into something... Needing some Assistance with something you could always do for yourself before.
It is however, a part of the Natural Aging Process... Generations before me went thru it and Generations after me will as well. It can be a daunting thing to consider... one's eventual limitations increasing over Time. The possible Need for more Assistance as Time marches on and what that might Look like in the Future?
As someone who is a Full Time Caregiver for three Loved Ones that depend upon me it is all the more daunting and disconcerting actually. Because whatever I Lose the Ability to perform Independently they could lose the Ability to depend on me for and we all become more dependent.
I try not to Think upon it all too much actually and just Live in the Moment... well, that is until I try to get into that parking space with my big ole' Truck... and can't. And I don't know Why... because I'm pretty sure it's NOT the parking space that is the problem at least some of the time... but, Why can't I manage it then?
And I want to sincerely apologize now on this side of Time and Eternity Dad, for all the times I gave you a hard time about driving around looking for that space you would finally pull into. And you did it with only the sight in one eye in latter years! I finally 'Get It'... you know, now that it's me! And I know you must be laughing your ass off in Heaven looking down at the Comedy of it all as I try to park... and as the Circle of Life comes Full Circle! *Winks*
Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian