One of Les’ prized possessions was the 1955 International pickup truck that had once belonged to my daddy’s business. This old truck and I are the same age. In fact, Daddy had just begun his career at Kinston Wheel Aligning Service when the then owner purchased this vehicle, bright, shiny and brand new. To us, it was a symbol of our dad’s occupation.
Although at completely different times, my sister and I learned how to drive a stick shift on this old truck. We still laugh about it jerking around in the field next to our house as we both had some issues with the clutch. I can still see and feel it lurching and hear Daddy as he was yelling directions at me while laughing his head off.
Les was the envy of all the male family members when he ended up with this truck. Daddy could not have given him a better gift. He cherished this old truck with all his heart and took good care of it. Almost every Saturday, Les would load up the week’s trash and drive her down the road to the trash dump. We have hauled many a bale of pine straw from Lester’s Hardware in the back of her. This old truck wasn’t a very good ride, but she was special and she always drew a lot of attention from passersby. We always felt like she was part of our family because she was always in it.
Since Les’ death, I have kept her stored at Daddy’s, but now that he is moving, it was time to figure out her future. Fortunately, one of our cousins has dreamed of owning her since way back when. We struck a deal and this past Monday, she was loaded on a trailer and hauled away to her new home. It will be a good home. My cousin and his son couldn’t stop grinning over the old truck. They will love her better than she has been loved since Les. Of that I am sure!
Life is a constant change and this is just another one of those changes. After 62 years as part of our immediate family, we said good-bye with calm and happy hearts. My cousin has promised to pass the old truck to his son with the understanding that he pass it to his son. As family, they understand that she is a precious family heirloom!
Lots of love, Sharon