I got an email from AARP the other day, inviting me to offer 100 words for their “What Drives You” essay contest.
What they apparently expected from submissions was praise for the joys and freedoms of unrestrained high-horsepower sightseeing and thrill-seeking in our cars–yet another feather in the cap of the auto and fossil fuel Fathers of our Country. (Did you notice how many of the ads at the Super Bowl were aimed at getting us to buy cars and drive them more than ever?)
Never mind the fact that the AARP members site will not accept my password and has not sent me a replace-password email as requested. T’ell wittem. They wouldn’t have liked what I planned to send, along with a request that their competition allow a category that celebrates the end of the car culture and our inevitable transition to more thoughtful housing patterns than suburbia has offered, with less driving tomorrow than we have today, in far far more efficient vehicles.
So here’s my hundred words: What Drives Me….
Every mile I drive, I think of the energy slaves my generation has made of dinosaur juice. Can our children afford carefree Sunday drives as we once did? We have taken the true costs of our mobility for granted. Â So I hope my kids consider each trip, buy locally, walk or bike when they can, and do their best to live such that what they need is close at hand. The future is not your father’s Oldsmobile. I’m driven by the hope we can drive as much as we need to, and sometimes, not so often, as much as we want.
What would you write? Come on. Just 100 words. Send us the link, or post in comments.