Maybe it is a peculiar English thing.
My children’s father and I had long insisted that our sons (and daughters) own a Land Rover as a starter car. Reason: it teaches kids the forgotten art of perseverance. These days, it is all about speed and efficiency. If it doesn’t work, throw it away. That’s right, just throw it away! Replace it! And the sad thing is, our personal behaviour reflects society’s mindset. Ever wonder why people run away from relationships the moment it stopped serving them? But if the same people think it is normal to always strive for the newest and ‘the best’, then it is no surprise that that mindset is at play when it comes to personal relationships.
My Ma and I had deep – and often heated – discussions on this subject. I strongly believe that people should stay and work on something, BUT not at the cost of themselves whereas my Ma believes that once you are in, you are in. Love does have its limits in the real world where I am concerned, but it would be good if we teach children the basics first: that things of value are worth working at instead of being discarded without a second thought in the belief that we can easily replace it. Because some things just can’t be replaced. I wrote about it here.
So after nearly two years of owning a temperamental, crotchety Land Rover, Jack is beginning to appreciate its individuality and eccentricity. Despite the effort. Despite having to get his hands dirty (a man and a woman’s hands say a lot about him/her). As you can see from the photograph below, the roof rack of the Landie can be used as a premium sunbathing spot in the middle of London.
And amazingly, Jack bought another temperamental old car which needs a lot of care, and the Jenssen is every bit as sweet as the Landie ❤