It was really no shock. While I waited this week to get the final word, I had mixed emotions. People told me that even if they repaired the damages, my car might never really be the same again. So, in a way, I thought it would be best if it were totaled. But then I just hated to lose it and have to try to find another car that even comes close to suiting me as well as my beetle did.
I remember so fondly the day I got my car. It was the week of Thanksgiving in 2004. My sister was in town from Seattle, and we were all over at Mom and Dad's house. Fermin asked me to grab him a drink out of the outside fridge. I told him to get it himself. ;) But then Mom said, "Kerri!! Go and get him his beer!" And I knew for sure, something was going on. Fermin never bosses me around, Mom wouldn't have liked it if he did, and he normally would've been drinking wine with her, not beer. But I looked at Mom and said, "Oh...okay." And I knew right then, there must be something great waiting for me in the garage.
The whole family followed right behind me as I opened the door to the garage. And I just kept saying, "Oh. My. God." I said it an embarrassing number of times.
My husband completely surprised me and picked this car out just for me. I loved everything about it.
The night I had my wreck just about a week ago, that car really took all of the brunt, and I barely suffered any injuries at all! And that made me love my beetle even more.
So today, when the insurance man told me my beetle was "a total loss" I thought that was the worst and most inaccurate phrasing ever.
I know that a car is just a car. That things are just things. And that what's most important is that I'm okay. Believe me, I have been counting my lucky stars all week long. But this is the time of year for me that emotions run high and deep. I miss my mom. I want my mom here when I've gone through something scary. I want my mom here when it's the holidays. I want my mom here when I get my next car. I know that Mom would be so grateful to that little Beetle that I am okay after that crazy mishap on the highway.
I drove out to see my car one last time today. I took some pictures, took a little farewell video, and said my goodbyes. Tomorrow, the insurance company will pick it up and take it to...I don't know? Beetle heaven? I sure hope so.