Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mustang Memories

Originally posted January, 2007

Just before I turned 16, my father bought this 1967 Mustang for me to drive. Even though it wasn't yet considered a classic, it was a damn cool set of wheels, and it was everything to me. It represented endless possibilities and was the reason I couldn't wait to get out of bed in the morning. It was my first taste of freedom, my ticket to anywhere, at least anywhere in L.A..

I'll never forget the day I got my license, or the feeling I had when backing out of the driveway for the first time. It was like leaving each and every one of my teenage cares behind me. After dark, when I returned home, I was exhausted and shaking, and the odometer revealed all: day one out of the gate and I had driven 200 miles.

I slept in my bed and ate breakfast in the kitchen, but I lived in that car. I even gave her a name. Frankie. Driving her I played music non-stop, picked up friends and drove everywhere--to rock concerts, the beach, and through the hills of Hollywood.

Once, when returning from Malibu, I pulled up to a stoplight on Sunset Boulevard. In the car beside me was, by teenage girl standards, the hottest guy who ever lived. He looked at me and mouthed the words, “You’re beautiful.” I sat there speechless, and when the light turned green and he took off, I looked at myself in the mirror. My hair was a wind-blown mop, my eyes bloodshot red, and my face burnt by the sun. But I felt like Cinderella sitting in her magic coach, and no clock striking twelve could ever take that away.

6 comments:

smartz said...

In 1961 I married the owner of a 57 mustang with "Johnny Be Good" lettered on the tail fins. I still have our son John (he'll be 47 tomorrow), but the rest is history.

itzktb said...

A great short version of what sounds like a long story! Thanks, Sandra!

stoked1213 said...

awesome story, Katie!

Anonymous said...

maybe he meant the car

itzktb said...

Do I detect a hint of jealousy, Anonymous? And how is the weather in your part of Canada today? ;)

ChloeLovesLife said...

I love this too! Your blog is so rich! Xoxo!