I donated a car this morning...a Chevy Geo Storm that had been in my life since 1998. That car got me to Texas, thru my second husband and thru most of my college career.
I've had a new car for a couple years now and a friend of mine has been driving her for a while but still, she's been a part of my life for a long time.
Years ago I had a friend who traded in her old Toyota Tercel for a new Toyota Tercel. She cried when she handed over the keys. She explained to me that her old car had been in her life for 12 years. Even though she was getting a brand new car, it still hurt. I didn't understand at the time.
I'm not going to lie, I cried a little this morning. The tow truck driver was a real sweatheart. He assured me that she would be auctioned off and someone would buy her and give her the love and care she needed. That really did help. All I can do now is hope she ends up somewhere where she will be appreciated.