Take Good Care of Good Things

By Alex Helm & Maria Helm

Ephesians 5:28-29 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church

This next part was written by my husband on his Facebook. I’m just going to introduce it by saying that our friends and family know that our version of “Date Night” at this point in our lives is antique shopping. We get away from household chores AND computer screens, have plenty of time to talk in the car, share memories as we look at the items from the past, and bring home some NEW memories (and occasionally good buys). After our most recent date, Alex wrote this:

Maria and I went on a drive together today to search out places to peruse for hidden treasures…. Ok we went antique shopping. We drove about an hour, one way to hit up a couple large places that happened to be side by side in the same strip mall.  Although we only left with $26 in finds, we had a great time together.

On the way home I commented to Maria how our 2005 PT Cruiser was still such a great car… she said “don’t jinx it”. I laughed and stated that we don’t believe in superstition. We have driven it right about 181,000 miles and I said to her that we are just over the mark for 12,000 miles a year. Down here we hardly have to drive anywhere to get something. The PT Cruiser miles were mostly spent on the Turnpike when we lived up North and Maria used to commute 1hr, 3 days wk.

We have owned our PT Cruiser since June of 2005 (she was brand new!) and have hardly put any money into it but regular maintenance. Timing belts, ball joints, motor mounts, brake pads, oil changes ETC…. I goes to show that even the cheapest vehicles can last if treated properly. It still feels like new inside, and drives like new. It is in order for a paint job coming soon because the sun and weather has worn the paint thin. Here’s to another 15 years!

I replied to my husband’s post with this: The moral of the story is…when you have something GOOD, take good care of it. Give it the attention it needs, give it a tune-up now and then, and take care of what needs taking care of…and then you’ll have that GOOD thing for many years to come. Whether that GOOD thing is a CAR or a MARRIAGE. Love you Alex Helm

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