"The only difference between men and boys
is the size of their toys."
~ Author unknown

The other day I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw the most darling wind-up toy on the planet.  The only thing it was missing was an elephant head sized white bow and a gift enclosure card that said "To Robin".

vintage red Volkswagen Beetle

Shiny and red and exuding the charm and whimsy typically reserved for curly-headed, snaggle-toothed freckle faces, it beckoned a closer inspection. 

Front view, 1969 Volkswagen Beetle

I'm not a "Car Girl".  I rarely give them notice.

But this wasn't just any car; it was a perfectly restored 1969 Volkswagen Beetle.  Mint condition never tasted sweeter.

I reached for my camera only to realize I didn't have it, causing me to cry an ocean of tears because I knew a picture would last much longer than our chance meeting.  Then I remembered my cell phone, mopped up the sea puddles–bless cellular technology's heart!–and my tears of disappointment trickled into tears of dancing.  Like a moth to flame and paparazzi to the dual personalitied Hannah Miley-Cyrus Montana, I began taking pictures.  


Ladybug floor mats?  LADYBUG FLOOR MATS?  I had palpitations!

Right about the time I figured out how to hot wire a Volkswagen  climbed into the passenger seat captured an image of the minimalist-compared-to-today's-standard dashboard with retro dial radio…


…wouldn't you know the owner walked outside?  And caught me molesting his car??  With a vanity plate that reads "YNDMEUP" and a shiny key attached, it's just begging for it, though.  Is that a crime, I ask ya?  IS-THAT-A-CRIME, for crying out loud!? 

I begged forgiveness requested permission to photograph his obvious pride and joy, and when I asked if it was weird for me to do so with my cell phone, he shook his head and said, "Happens all the time…."

It was then I realized I might not have been breaking any laws, but if I'm not mistaken, parking in a handicapped spot when you're 100% healthy is an offense.

So I made a Citizen's Arrest and promptly confiscated the car for evidence.

S i g h…in my dreams, anyway.


And because I've already professed my undying love to the Jonas Brothers and posted Love bug previously, enjoy Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat with a video that musically feels like my ridiculous infatuation with a little red car (even if the lyrics don't quite describe it….)

"Lucky" Official Video With Colbie Caillat

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