What does a woman really need? To be happy? Truly happy? Sure, someone who loves them doesn’t hurt. Good health, a successful and fulfilling career, to be understood and appreciated, well that all adds up too doesn’t it? Children who don’t roll their eyes and do as you ask of them, dishes that get stacked into the dishwasher (the correct and proper way of course) and a washing pile that stays under some form of control. Some time to ourselves. Simple really, right?
Over the past month I have managed to be happy, truly happy and fulfilled in the most superficial of ways, in my brand spanking new Ford Territory. Or Terri as we have come to know and love her as. How can one car do all that I hear you scoff? Let me count the ways…
Detail, it’s all about the detail
As a woman, I often find myself asking my husband randomly when either sitting on the couch, or in a quiet car trip “What are you thinking about?”. I have come to understood over time, that he is usually thinking about sport, or how he can convince me to have sex with him, or about nothing in particular. But we women, we like the detail. While Terri can’t tell me what’s she thinking, she certainly gives me enough information for me to connect the dots.
“What’s the outside temperature Terri?”
“Oh, hang on, let me have a look at your Command Centre. I see it’s 8 degrees out and a comfortable 20 in. I’ll make sure I have a scarf AND jacket for post School drop off. Thank you.”
“What’s that ding ding sound coming from your dashy Terri?”
“Oh that would just be a kind warning telling me to REST BECAUSE I’VE BEEN DRIVING FOR 2 HOURS ALREADY”
No one has ever been so caring and considerate to me on a road trip.
“What speed are we going Terri? Seems like just 60km/h because the ride is just so smooth.”
“Oh, what’s that, it’s 100km/h? Who knew! Oh and what’s that? I can look at the old school speedo as well as the digital reading? Terri! You spoil me so!”
“Which way to this place I’ve never been before Terri?”
“Oh sure, I’ll just whack in the details into your SAT NAV and away we’ll go!”
It’s all about the details with Terri. She always lets me know what she’s thinking. How long she’s got till she needs to be filled up. She’ll always tell me what’s going on. She keeps me in the loop and that? Well, it makes me happy.
It’s all about me, I mean you
If there is something I expect and demand from things in my life, it’s to look good. Simple really! I like to look in the mirror and see something reasonably good looking back at me so that means that every 7 to 8 weeks I see myself dropping a ridiculous amount of coin at my hairdressers. I like my house to look good, so I keep it clean. Terri has picked up the pace on the car front this past month with her shiny shinyness. She just looks good in my driveway. Like a match made in heaven. Her touch screen state of the art command centre pleases me greatly with it’s show pony factor. Need to change something? Let me just TOUCH MY SCREEN TO DO SO. Let’s not even mention her buttery leather interior. There have been many a selfie done these past few weeks just because we look so good together. Self indulgent? YOU BET. I like to think that Terri brings out a little something in me, and I in her.
Those little people
While I could be quite happy driving around just Terri and I, there are two small people that I am the primary caregiver of. They need to be taken to School, to ballet, to hockey, to the shops. They are quite demanding really. But Terri, well she hasn’t forgotten about them either. She knows to take care of them quickly and easily so we can get back to doing what we do best – look good and listen to great tracks, really loudly, whilst driving. The DVD player in the back is the bees knees. Kids are covered with entertainment, and at that, HEADPHONED QUIET entertainment so I don’t have to hear them! I have a remote control so I don’t have to spend my time driving off the road whilst trying to press play, or pick up another DVD from the floor. There is even a play button at the back of the machine (so up near the driver’s section) for easy pressing of play. Oh Terri, it’s the small details that you think no one notices that please me most. I get it. I embrace it. I celebrate it!
Options, give the ladies some options
Nothing makes you feel a little more in control than having a few options. Would I like a latte or capp? Latte thanks! Would I like to wear those jeans, or those jeans? Um, THOSE ones. Actually, those ones! Will I have a glass or Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Gris? Both, thankyouverymuch. Terri has given me options, more options than I ever thought a car could give me. If I need 7 seats I can pull them out. If I need more room in the boot, I can flick a few switches and we are down to 5 seats and a bucket load of room out the back. Do I want to open the boot all the way, or just the glass bit? OPTIONS PEOPLE. These small trivial matters make me feel like I have some more control over the mundane, day to day life that I tend to lead. Control equals power equals happy Beth.
Terri, tomorrow our time is up. It’s back to Campbelltown with you, I know that hurts, but it’s where you belong. Know this Terri: you are welcome in my white gravel driveway anytime. Tomorrow I’ll be playing Roxette’s “It must have been love” in your memory. It’s been real. Sob.
Ford & Kidspot, thank you SO much for this wonderful opportunity and for upping my Show Pony factor considerably this past month. And thank you, to all of you for all your wonderful support & comments along the way! One last time, promise…go and have a vote for me would you?!