My take on summer bugs
At the end of last week’s Sunday stills, I mentioned that the coming week’s theme of summer bugs might pose a problem to me as we’re in the middle of winter. But then Denyse and Marsha mentioned some different ways of sharing bugs, in their various comments, and so a germ of a creative idea started in my brain.
Creativity – it’s a wild ride isn’t it?
So today I’m sharing my late brother-in-law Cliff’s old Vdub bug. It’s not the best photo I’ll admit but it’s the only one I have.
Ahh, but the memories of this car, are cemented in my being!
A few things you must know
Cliff was a great saver and didn’t part with his money easily.
He was an ardent St George Rugby League supporter (NSW NRL).
He paid cash for this vintage Vdb back in the late 1970s and decided to repaint and fit-out the car in his favourite team’s colours – red and white.
He did all the work himself.
He was inordinately proud of his handiwork 🤣
We had some wild adventures in that little bug!
The rest of the family just accepted Cliff and his hobby, but enjoyed teasing him about it – of course!
A special Vdub bug memory
One day his younger sister (she was about 9 years old) and I were given the task of picking up and driving the car back into town.
I had just got my drivers licence (I was about 17) and still wasn’t all that confident with driving, especially as the gear stick was on the steering wheel and I’d learnt to drive with the gear stick on the floor.
I was a bit nervous at being given this responsibility in Cliff’s pride and joy no less!
Well, everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
I stalled the car at an intersection at the bottom of a big hill, as I was turning onto the main road.
Then the car wouldn’t start! Carol and I didn’t know what to do. This was well before mobile phones and my limited car related skills had me way out of my comfort zone.
We were pushed off to the side of the road by some kindly helpers and just had to wait for Cliff or his brother, (my boyfriend, now the Mathematician), to come looking for us. I presume someone found us! I don’t remember the ending of the story, just the feelings of embarrassment and worry that i’d done some grievous damage to Cliff’s Vdub bug.
Carol and I still look at each other and laugh at the memories every time we drive through this particular intersection. It takes us back to those days of Cliff’s vdub bug, to a time when that car reigned supreme and Cliff was with us.
It’s interesting that this story is the first thing I thought of when I started thinking outside the square for summer bugs and so I had to go hunting for this photo, knowing I had at least one of the famous red and white vintage vdub.
It’s also interesting because it was 7 years since Cliff died, just last week, and he has obviously been on my mind. I’m happy to share this lovely memory with you.
Sometimes these challenges aren’t just about the photo but what the photo means to us in terms of memories and feelings it evokes. This is one of those times for me.
Next week Sunday Stills is all about images inspired by favourite song lyrics – that should be fun!
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