Shortly after my parents were married in 1938, my father’s uncles, began building them a house. My parents ended up living in that house their entire married life of over fifty years, so my sisters and I were raised there. It was a nice, well-built home with a basement, and a one car garage beside the house. My father loved his cars. They were always garage kept, serviced and cleaned religiously, and gassed every Saturday night. I am sure (although I wasn’t born yet) that Dad’s car at the time, fit perfectly in that little garage where everything was neat and tidy – tools and such. The problem was that over the years, cars got bigger. By the time I was born in the 1950s Dad had already removed the garage door to accommodate longer cars. I can remember the dilemma that plagued him every time he got a new car. Will it fit? Tools and lawn equipment were eventually relegated to the basement. There was nothing on the garage walls at all. Soon, by the 1960s, we had to squeeze out of the car through barely open doors. Eventually Dad began stopping the car outside for all of us to pile out, before he parked it in the garage. Not long before I moved out in 1972, he fixed something at the front of the garage that the car could lightly tap and he would know it was in as far as it could go.
Isn’t it funny the lengths we will go to accommodate things as they are? I mean, why didn’t he tear the garage down or at least remodel it to make more room? I know what he would say. He would say he couldn’t afford such construction. That may have been true at first, but in later years, I think he could have managed it. For fifty years he fretted over that garage, worried that his cars would be damaged and drove us crazy. I guess it was better to deal with the garage the way it was, than make any major change. After all he was used to it, and the challenges and concerns it brought. Maybe, deep down he even liked them.
Teresa Sue McAdams, co-creator of “Today’s Journey Tarot”, co-author of “Today’s Journey Tarot, A Traveler’s Guide”, co-author of “Tarot Meditations, A Journal for Self Discovery”, and author of “Lessons, The Wisdom Within Each Moment”