The driving lessons for Little Girl are preceding apace. She's very good, as her instructor told me she would be. She's very cautious, and very observant.
The other day, we were coming home from an errand when we ended up stopped behind another vehicle. She was talking to me about a piece of music on the radio when she suddenly realized what vehicle was in front of her, and gave a little scream. It happened to be a police car, but that's not why she was reacting that way.
"No!" she yelled. "Is that an Impala? That's awful!"
Really, i said. You must remember that i can't tell an impala from a gazelle when they are running.
"Very funny!" she snorted. "No, I mean the car! I loved the old Impalas, they were wonderful. They were classics, sharp and sleek! And look what they've done to it! It looks like a bubble on wheels!"
Looking at it, all i could see was a car. In my world, it's sedan, small truck, big truck, SUV, van, minivan. Any further distinctions get blurred out very quickly, unless it's a convertible or a VW Beetle. Being a lumper in a world full of splitters has its advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is that i don't much care, or associate status with, what car you drive.
She, however, continued to bemoan the state of auto design in this day and time. She concluded with, "They don't make sharply designed cars any more. The Impala is a bubble, and police drive them! What has the world come to?"
Bubbles on wheels, apparently. At least, according to a sharp-eyed girl i know.
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