Why do I sometimes have an overwhelming urge to use french words? Maybe it's because, according to my mother, I spoke only french until I was 5. I do have faint recollections of struggling with reading (in English) when I was in first and second grades of elementary school. I have a specific memory of being in a group of children who needed extra help with reading.
Oh boy, do I ever wish I was fluently bi-lingual now! I love the french language. Ever so beautiful.
At any rate... I am now the owner of a very used car. Une voiture. I bought a 2002 Subaru Forester from a gentleman in a neighboring neighborhood. Paid for it today. Tomorrow I'm full up with students so it won't be until Wednesday afternoon that I can go down to motor vehicles to have it registered.
If I had asked 10 people their opinion on this car I know I would have recieved 10 different assessments! Such is the way it is. Questions, questions. Am I dealing with an honest seller? Will I be taken for a ride? Is the car worth the asking price? Is it a lemon? Will I regret the purchase? And on it goes. There comes a point when I say enough--must put my faith and trust in humanity. Because really, if one can't do that, what does that say about the quality of life one may lead? I think it's very similar to the old saying: "It is better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all." ... "It is better to have trusted and been taken for a ride than to have never trusted at all." Yup, that's it. I have a good feeling about this car.
It will need new tires before next winter but I have all summer to deal with that. I did have the VIN (vehical identification number) checked out with Carfax and the report came back favorable, so I wasn't going totally on blind faith.
I received multiple recommendations from friends in NH and NY that a Subaru would be very good for the New England winters, and that they last a good long time. The names "Outback" and "Forester" came up several times. Had an Outback presented itself in my timeframe, and as equally qualified as this car appears to be, I would not have hesitated to snatch it up. As it were, this Forester came into view first so it wins out!