(You DON’T) Call Me Pinto Baby
I’m supposed to be telling my stories in 30 days for my kids to read later. A memoir of sorts. Today’s topic is cars. At first when I saw it on the list I wrinkled my nose. Whatever could I say about cars that might remotely be interesting or give my children insight to how I have become who I am?
If I were to say the word pinto, you would probably think of beans or horses. However, I hear Pinto, and I think I’m probably about to glare at my husband for making fun of me.
|Surely it DIDN’T look like this????|
My parents had a Ford Pinto when I was young. Some of my earliest memories come from watching people out the back glass of that car. Yes, the back glass because I was sitting in the back, facing the road behind us, and no, there wasn’t a seatbelt involved.
I remember long car rides playing games, and with one of those spring on a suction cup push down jumping animal toys that I think we eventually got in trouble for, with a family friend my age as we traveled to the races or a state park or something similar. I couldn’t even tell you the color of this vehicle. I just have small snapshots filed away of things I saw or did while sitting in the back.
|Maybe something a little more like this!|
Unfortunately, before I even met my husband, my mother shared some of the stories with a member of his family and after we started dating they got passed on to him. Somehow, almost 20 years after meeting him, he still calls me Pinto Baby every once in a while.
I don’t know why it irritates me so much. I only have good memories.
But for real. It isn’t like I was born in that car. We weren’t homeless. I didn’t live in that car.
I guess it could be worse. I’d rather be known as the Pinto Baby than the L’eggs Pantyhose Van Preteen, but that’s a story for a whole different day!
Inspiration for this post was taken from 30 Days of Your Stories . Please hop over to her blog and check out her awesome idea!!!
1. Saturday mornings
9. Your favorite grade
10. Your Go-To Story
12. Letter to yourself as a teenager
16. Your Room
17. One time you weren’t cool
20. What you want to remember
23. Favorite Bible verse
24. Your bravest moment
26. Your favorite color
27. The breathings of your heart
29. The book inside you
30. Your worst fear