When I was growing up, we always had an old car in the driveway. It didn’t run, but it didn’t matter. Dad loved to have an old car around that he could work on.
And we loved having an old car around that we could play in. One of my favorite cars to play in was the dark gray Chevy Bel Air sedan.
I don’t remember what year the car was, and I have no memory of my father driving it. I know it sat in the driveway for years and I was sad when my parents sold it.
It was a big car, with bench seats you could lay down in and hide from your friends during games of hide-and-seek.
I would dream of driving my own car as I sat on my knees in the driver’s seat behind the steering wheel peering out the windshield.
So when I saw the beautiful blue 1955 Chevy Bel Air at America’s Most Wanted Car Show at the Canton Liberty Fest this weekend, lots of memories came back.
Memories of my dad, our house, and friends in the old neighborhood. Memories of helping my Dad work on the car.
And memories of sitting on the front porch with my dad after dinner in the summer, drinking homemade lemonade, talking about the day.
Miss you Dad.
Hope you and your family are enjoying Father’s Day.