This diary entry is part 15 of 30 in Lily's diary dated 02 - August 2021

Hi!  It’s me!  Lily!

Umm…  I’ve never been at a loss for words before.  I’ve been happy, I’ve been bubbly, I’ve been excited, I’ve been…  everything.  But never speechless.

It started as a normal day.  I was going to spend some time with Liz and maybe Beth, play on the computer, maybe go to a museum.  I didn’t have any concrete plans.  Around noon, Dave yelled at me to come down, there was something going on in the driveway and they needed my help.

I was confused – what could possibly be going on in the driveway that needed my help?  Did Dave have a pressure-washing accident?  I wouldn’t put it past him, that clumsy silly billy. ❤️

So I went downstairs and opened the front door and there was a car in the driveway!  And it had a bow on it!

I walked out, trying to figure out what was going on, and Sabby yelled “Surprise!” and handed some keys to me.

“What?,” I asked, eruditely.

“It’s yours!,” she said, beaming.  “For when you get your license, of course.  But -“

She didn’t get to finish.  I power-glomped her.  I think I got a running start.  I even backed up a bit.  I ran at her, wrapped my arms and legs around her, and started bawling.  She laughed and told me to get down, her back couldn’t take it.

I then glomped Dave as well, and he patted me on the back.  He seems confused sometimes when I glomp him and start crying, but that’s life with a girl, you big ol’ loveable silly billy you!

They told me I’d have to get a job to pay for upkeep and gas, etc., they would help me out with some of the initial costs but I had to do the oil changes and stuff.  I didn’t care, I was sooo happy.  It’s not that they got me a car, it’s that they got me a car!!!  Dave even said he’d teach me how to change the oil!!!  I’m not really the most mechanical person, but it sounds fun!!!  Lots of things to learn!!!

It’s not anything fancy.  It’s one of those reliable older cars without many frills, but it is nice and has all of the necessities – AC (we need that here!), power windows, even a sunroof!  Sabby made me promise never to stand up and stick my head through.

I can’t drive it yet.  I have to get all my papers and then get a license and stuffs.  But I have a car!  I can’t believe it!

Dave and Sabby are the best!  And not because they buy me things!  Because they want to buy me things!

Beth made me promise to take her places.  I told her I would, but not every time she asked.  She seemed happy with that.  She wants to go to the big library downtown and she doesn’t get many chances to.

I’m going to take a shower, then sit behind the wheel and pretend to drive!  Vrooom vrooom!  Then we have to go to church, but I’m going to spend the afternoon with Liz.  Liz time is important, and more so now than ever.

Love you all!!!  You virtual silly billies you!!! ❤️. I’m gonna hug you and love you and squeeze you until the end of time! (I’ve been reading Beth’s book so I know when that is now!)

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