Dear ol Mom, yup she really knew how to entertain my sis & I. After her 3rd mid life crisis she decided she just HAD to have a new 1960's T-Bird convertable. One day after coming home from school i was amazed to see a shiny new yellow T-Bird in our driveway i thought WOW! COOL! She really got one! When my sis got home from school too, Mom sez "hey how would you kids like to go for a ride in a really "Fast" thunderbird? Well duh! Yea of course. On the hwy with the top down i felt like mom had us at the top of her list, it was off the paved road i had to rethink that! She closed the convertable top ( bcuz of the dust) turned on to a well maintained long straight run of gravel road and punched it. That car felt like a rocket, all of a sudden at what felt like 70 mph mom yells out in an extremely loud but firm voice " Both you kids get down on the floor... NOW...RIGHT NOW!! We did ..seconds later i saw the entire white convertable top get ripped completely off. After mom stopped the car she said " you kids O.K ...we were fine. What she showed us was hard to believe, someone had temporarily ran a 3 row strand of barbwire fencing across the gravel road to contain some loose cows, & mom couldnt see it until the last minute, she said the 1st two rows of barbwire slid over the winsheild and literally sawed off the convertable top,she told us to duck for that reason.
Mom was never a bad driver nor was ever careless with anyone. That incident scared her so badly she parked her new T-Bird for the next 3 years and never drove it again, we laughed with her about it years later, she didnt..& a tear would well up in her eye as she patted us kids on the head & would say "mom did a very foolish thing that day." Years later she told us some guy saw the T-Bird sitting in the driveway & offered her a $1000. She sold it on the spot, when i asked her why she wld give away a classic car so cheap she replied " I left that car undriven there many years to remind me daily of how foolish i was and to never take chances again. The money wasnt as important as you kids were to me. We loved her for that & her sacrifice.