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  • Sherry Ickes

My First Car was a Cat!

Updated: Feb 18, 2023


I believe everyone remembers his or her first vehicle. Mine started my love of VW bugs.

Dad found me a 1968 VW beetle. It was used and had some quirks, but nothing that couldn’t be worked with. The one thing I did not like was the color, it was beige. My mom, an artist, came up with a solution that tied my love of felines, especially the wild variety, with my love of the bug. The end result was Mortimer Elijah, fondly and sometimes not so fondly, nicknamed Morty. She even made me a matching antennae topper. VW bugs, so I was informed, were known for three things:

1. The fuel line coming off – which happened a few times

2. Catching on fire – which happened to my second VW bug

3. Floating – which I have so far escaped.

Unfortunately, Morty came to a sad end. I was involved in an accident, where no humans or real animals were harmed, but my Morty and another VW bug were damaged beyond repair. Check out my enclosed photo of Mortimer. He was fun to drive, and for some reason or other, caught the eye of many passers-by.

What was your first car?

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