Wednesday, March 19, 2008

VRRRROOOOM!! 1962 TBIRD


That is how my oldest describes what he calls the "red car". Last May, my husband and 2 sons were very blessed. You see my DH likes to listen to his favorite radio station at work...Rock101. Rock101 had a contest to be put on the payroll and you were paid $100.00 a hour until you were kicked off by someone else calling in. (The radio station would call a new name every hour from 8-4). If you heard your name, you called the station. Anyways, his name was called and he was on the payroll for 11 or 12 hours. We were jumping up and down, this was fabulous...who couldn't use the extra money especially with 2 lil pumpkins!
By winning this contest, your name was put in a larger drawing to win a 1962 Ford Convertible Thunderbird. You had to go to a local dealership that was sponsoring this event with Rock101 on May 19th, 2007. I had volunteered to work at a teddy bear clinic at the hospital I work for. This event allows children to bring their bears to the hospital and see what would happen if the bear broke his arm...or needed a breathing treatment with a nebulizer...or even if their bear needed surgery. (the next one is May 17th, 2008 and I will blog about that event in more detail).

Well, I persuaded my husband to go to this give-a-way because you needed to be present to win. I told him to bring the boys as good luck charms. Approximately 40 or so people showed up to win the car. My lucky men were number 38 if I remember correctly. 37 other people went ahead of them to see if they won the lucky CD that when placed into the player would make the Vrrrrrooom sound of an engine starting. Ironically, the teddy bear clinic had just finished up and I was driving back home listening to the radio anxious to find out who had won. I heard them introduce my husband and talk about my two boys. I thought.....this is neat. Within seconds, I hear VRRRRROOOOOOM and my husband screaming like a girl! THEY HAD WON THE CAR! I started screaming, hitting the steering wheel, and bouncing up and down. I almost had to pull over.


We have enjoyed that car. My oldest son in this picture still tells the story of the red car going vrrrooom and daddy screaming. It is quite funny. He likes to sit in the front seat (when the car is parked, of course). We did install seat belts in the back to accommodate their carseats to ensure safety. After all, it is their car. My husband dreams of all 3 of them restoring it completely. It needs a little work, but overall it is in great shape. Kinda like a family project. It is warming up here and soon we will be going on a family drive to see what God has to offer in the beauty of Spring. We are truly blessed to have such a fun story to tell in years to come.

7 comments:

Jenny said...

Wow! The car is beautiful. I had never seen it before. I know what you mean about mentally letting go. After we dropped off Suzi's rainforest swing I cried on the way home. But you know, she's growing up whether I keep the stuff or not and you can always get new baby items if you happen to need them again :-)

GrandmaKathleen said...

Do we remember that day. John and I were leaving Building 19 in Pawtucket after a Building 19 Fun day, (held the 19th of every month)when we received the call from John Michael. He was so excited and on a high.We could feel his emotional state of being. He told us he was at the dealership in Belton, and he was sitting with Nolan and holding Braydon in a '62 red T-bird. We told him to stopping kidding and be serious. We were in shock when he convinced us that he was ABSOLUTELY telling us a fact.
We were so delighted, he and his family was so deserving of this fine gift. I thanked the Lord for giving such a blessing and for the Rock101 and the dealership for their honest contest.
I told John Michael that he had to give us a ride when we visited come that August for his birthday, Victoria's birthday and Nolans.
We did enjoy the rides in the car while we were there. It is a beauty and brought back my high school days I graduated in '62 and my phy ed teacher had a white '62 T-bird. I used to say that I wanted one someday, but in red. Who was to know that there would be a red '62 Tbird in my life, not mine, but my firstborn son's car. A pure joy

Julie said...

Jenny called me that day to tell me John won. I was thrilled for him. I still remember my first ride in a T-bird convertible. I was a sophomore in high school and the year was - guess what? 1962!

Pendullum said...

That car will be the holder of many many memories...
What fun!

Rubyellen said...

I love this story! That is crazy! Talk about unexpected fun blessings!!! WOW!!! that is crazy!!! and the car is gorgeous!

Maureen said...

Great story. What a beautiful car and a beautiful family to ride in it. I miss you all very much and wish we could see each other more often. But, thanks to the internet and great blogs like this one, I feel as if I am with you.
Love you.

Anonymous said...

Very cool story. Beautiful car.