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Brooke and I met in this car. Sort of. There was a three-month e-mail courtship before she picked me up at the airport and drove me to a job interview two hours away. We’ve filled up the tiny cargo space with presents and spent several Christmas mornings driving between families in this car. When the radio would stop working we sang Disney songs in this car. One of our biggest arguments was in this car. We’ve driven to the beach to eat pizza and lobster rolls and have traveled to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York and Connecticut and collected some of my favorite memories of the past seven years in this car. Yes, I know, emotionally attaching ourselves to a material possession is frowned upon, but the one constant variable of all these memories is this car, and it just feels a little sad to toss it aside once we’re done with it. Brooke has had the car for the past 11 years. Think of all those memories. She’s having a tough time.

Dave - Truly a sad day , i was with Brooke the night she purchased the V.W. , i can picture it stuck in a snow bank when she lived in Alston , i dilivered a snowblower to dig her outFebruary 27, 2013 – 8:04 pm

Mike E - Beautiful car, beautiful shot, beautiful story.February 27, 2013 – 7:29 pm

Mae - Awww I remember when Webby was shiny and new. But I might be the anomaly of the group since the last time I saw my Camry was on a flatbed towtruck after it overheated on 95 and I was so mad at it. Saying goodbye to the mini was much more sad, since I never wrote in sharpie in the glovebox “this car was used to film ‘The Town'” and now whoever is motoring in it now will never know. Enjoy the ‘ru you guys!February 27, 2013 – 4:44 pm

Meago - When we traded in my old Saab for the Subaru, I bawled. Several times. Marko has pictures. That car saw me through a lot…I feel ya Brooke!!February 27, 2013 – 2:49 pm

Geneve - Awwww :( I feel this way too so you are certainly not alone. I even donated one of my old cars to charity and couldn’t watch as they pulled away with my car. I also get attached to my computers & cameras. I guess there are just so many memories within these objects.February 27, 2013 – 2:14 pm

Emily - This brought a tear to my eye (OK to be fair I am 9 month pregnant!) thinking of how I felt saying good-bye to my first car. Also a VW…Loved that car and all the memories and changes I experienced with it. Good luck Brooke….the way I see it, nothing a good cry can’t help with! AND, how great to have this picture to hold on to for years to come.February 27, 2013 – 2:13 pm

Brenna - I get this. I really get it. When I found out that my first, beloved Civic hatchback that I’d sold to a friend had been stolen and stripped and left in Everett, I cried in the middle of Target. (His name was Javier.)February 27, 2013 – 1:54 pm

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