Overlooking the imperfections a must

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By Carolyn Risner

My car suffers from a bad case of dutch elm disease. Or oak blight.

I guess whatever ailment it has comes from parking under the trees at my house.

Being vertically challenged, I don't see the roof of the car.

Perhaps that's why I didn't know the car was ailing from some alien rash.

Sunday afternoon brought it all home.

I washed-yes, hand-washed-my car. That in itself is an accomplishment.

I am not a car washer.

It's a bone of contention between Tom and me.

He reasons if you have a major investment, like a car, you should take some pride in ownership and keep it looking good.

On one hand, he is right. It was a major investment. I worked three jobs for 18 months to pay cash for that car. I scrimped, saved and sacrificed so I wouldn't have a monthly payment.

I'm more inclined though to take care of its maintenance rather than focusing on the aesthetics. Peer into the back seat on any given day and you'll see food, clothing, cosmetics, books, maps, gift wrap-the list is endless. She may be a mess, but she runs just fine.

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