A Hubcap Adventure

Dear Honored Readers,

In 1959 after my sophomore year in college, I worked in Washington, DC and lived with friends in Falls Church, Va.

I was driving along in my Gray 1950 Plymouth on the Washington Parkway heading towards Fairfax, Virginia when I heard a hubcap roll on the highway. In my rear view mirror, I saw a glimmer of it go down the hill towards the Potomac River. I laughed thinking someone lost a hubcap. Then I happened to notice that there were no cars in front of me and no cars behind me. Who was it that had lost a hubcap? Me.

I drove to the nearest turn around area, drove back to Rosslyn and turned back on the highway. I stopped to see if I could find my errant hubcap. I scoured the hills all up, down, and around the area where I heard and saw the hubcap roll down the hill. I couldn’t find it. Alas and Alack. It must have rolled down the hill and gone into the Potomac River.

The next Christmas when I flew to visit my parents near Chicago, Illinois, I went to a junk yard and bought a matching hubcap for my 1950 Plymouth. I put it in my suitcase and wondered what the baggage people who scanned my suitcase would think about a college girl having a hubcap in her suitcase. I thought they probably had a good laugh.

When I got back to College at Western Carolina University, I put the new hubcap on my 1950 Plymouth. I was a happy camper.

I was so glad that my grandmother, Mother Meyer, had taught me to laugh at situations when you play tricks on yourself. I have used this gift of laughter many times in my life. I have also had times when it took me a long time to be able to laugh at situations in my life.  And probably a few I’ve never learned to laugh at. I like it better when I can laugh at myself and the situation I am in.

Do something good for yourself today. Smile, giggle, laugh. It’s fun and it’s healing, too.

Joan Y. Edwards


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6 thoughts on “A Hubcap Adventure”

  1. Hi Joan,

    No hubcap stories to tell, but I do like laughing when I need cheering up. Good words of advice from your grandmother. How precious that she passed on the gift of laughter. It’s a priceless gift that never wears out.

    Linda A.

    1. Dear Linda, Good to hear that laughter cheers you up when you’re down. Thanks for being grateful as I am for my grandmother’s passing on her gift of laughter to me. Do something good for you today.

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator

  2. Joan – Your hubcab adventure was delightful. I laughed right along with you when you described the scene as you reminisced. Never stop your blog – your messages are an inspiration to me and I love you!!

    1. Dear Claire,
      I’m glad you laughed along with me as I described the scene. It was funny! He who laughs first sometimes is tricked by unbeknownst circumstances! Thanks for saying my messages are an inspiration to you. And that you love me. I’m bowing humbly and sending you a great big hug. Thanks for leaving a comment. I really like it when people like you take the time to comment. It makes me smile, smile, smile.

      Joan Y. Edwards, Author/Illustrator

    1. Dear Lara, It’s so good to hear from you. I’ve been missing you. I’m glad you got a smile from my “Hubcap Adventure.” You always bring a smile to my face. You’re an inspiration to me. Good luck with your writing and your move north. Do something good for you.

      Joan Y. Edwards

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