Memoir Contest Winner: Jesus in the Glove Compartment by Amanda Tessier

by Matilda Butler on September 6, 2012

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Announcing Honorable Mention Memoir Contest Winner – Gratitude for Family Category

We announce our Honorable Mention winners in alphabetical order and today’s winner is the final one in the Gratitude for Family category of our Gratitude Contest. Each of these published stories have been intriguing and thought provoking. We especially hope that they have caused you to consider your own gratitude.

Today Women’s Memoirs is pleased to publish Amanda Tessier’s story Jesus in the Glove Compartment. We are especially delighted to publish this young writer’s story. .

Congratulations Amanda on your award-winning story. Thanks for sharing.

Memoir Story: Jesus in the Glove Compartment

By Amanda Tessier

Turning the icy key to start my beautiful gray sedan, I flick the controls around to put the settings at the optimal comfort level. Small pin drops of rain are tapping on my windshield, so I twist the knob to wipe the blur of rain away. A CD is always ready in the player; if that is unsatisfactory, six pre-selected radio stations wait at the ready. Skimming through the talk programs, I twist the volume knob to the right notch as the engine purrs on a steep incline.

I love this car with its pictures of Jesus tucked into nooks and crannies and the small stickers of the United States flag strategically placed on the bumper to cover the minor scratches. Having been my grandparents’, I appreciate the time and effort they spent earning this car. My grandfather’s job at the paper mill provided the funds, and my grandmother’s frugality stretched them far enough to afford a nice car. To have received it as a gift reflects only a small portion of what they have provided for me. I drive this car to school and into the future because of their commitment to family. I have the values they so strongly uphold, including family, love, and faith. (Jesus isn’t hiding in the glove compartment without a reason.) Those years of tedious factory work, raising a family, and saving every penny to provide for a better future have paid off.

My glorious six minute ride is complete as I pull into the parking lot. Hesitating, I remain seated. Ahead of me is the school day with its homework, gossip, bells, judgments, evaluations and stereotypes; but inside this car, the legacy of my grandparents’ resounds more loudly than the radio. I reluctantly turn off the humming engine, switch off the lights, and quadruple check that my parking permit hangs on the rearview mirror. Grabbing my backpack and locking the doors as I exit, I hope for the best possible day and prepare for the worst.

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