A Vehicle to Drive on a Soul’s Journey

The first car I fell in love with was a Volkswagen bug, and I have it still. In fact, it’s the only car I ever owned. And I’m the only owner it ever had. Only 21 years younger than me, and the thing still runs!

I am aware, though, that it’s not a good idea to take a car this old on an extended journey into the future (as you can see, it’s being held together with duct tape), so in the belief that by visualizing something, it will help it come true, I thought I’d show you the car would like to get. Although many people have suggested campers, fifth wheels, winnebagos, I wouldn’t get one even if I had the money. This will be a journey of the spirit — a soul trip — and I need to be light and free.soul

So this is what I’d like to get — a Kia Soul. Isn’t that the perfect name for a car to take on a mystical quest? Even better, this is only the only other vehicle besides my beetle that I’ve ever fancied. I thought it would be painful to contemplate getting rid of something who . . . oops, I mean something that has been with me all these years, but after the death of my life mate/soul mate, what’s a car? Simply a ride.


Pat Bertram is the author of the suspense novels Light Bringer, More Deaths Than One, A Spark of Heavenly Fire, and Daughter Am I. Bertram is also the author of Grief: The Great Yearning, “an exquisite book, wrenching to read, and at the same time full of profound truths.” Connect with Pat on Google+

7 Responses to “A Vehicle to Drive on a Soul’s Journey”

  1. mlfhunt Says:

    Great name for your dream car…may it come to you right on time. My first car was a 1959 VW bug…no gas gage, rather a kick thing on the floor to give me a reserve gallon when the tank was empty….there were so few of us that year (1959) that when we saw another bug…we honked. Happy trails…may they bring you to Wisconsin!!

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I’m sure I’ll come to Wisconsin. There are so many different facets to this journey, inclucing a mystical quest, a book tour, a memorial. I want to stop at some of the places that were special to Jeff and me, and Minoqua is one of them. So I’ll be able to stop by to see you. If it works out as I plan, where I never settle down — or at least not for many years — then I’ll probably be swinging by several times.

  2. ROD MARSDEN Says:

    I think I’d still prefer the beetle. There are modern beetles you know and they do look spiffy. I had an adventure or two in a beetle when I was younger.

  3. rami ungar the writer Says:

    If you want the Kia Soul, go down to the nearest Kia dealership and start dancing like those gerbils on TV. Who knows? They may give you a discount for the Kia.

  4. Searching for a Cause | Bertram's Blog Says:

    […] true cause is a soul quest, a mystical journey, a response to a barely heard question deep inside — “Is this all there […]

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