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With a Little Help From My Friends

December 18, 2017

My car is in the shop, Christmas is a week away, and I live in the Portuguese countryside 17 kilometers from the nearest town.




No, it has been liberating.


Instead of going food shopping in town alone, I did it with a friend. Afterwards, I bought her and her partner a drink. In exchange for a trip to a city shopping center, I invited our friends to see “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” I also invited friends to a Christmas lunch at a restaurant near the town, where we will be running a few errands.


If I had my car, these social outings would not have happened at all. I would have felt as if I were infringing into my friends’ busy lives.   


A car provides independence, but independence also can lead to isolation. I am thankful for not having a car, temporarily, and enjoying the holiday season.




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© 2017 by Cynthia Adina Kirkwood