When I attended my first Jeep group gathering back in the early summer, I found that people named their Jeeps. I wasn’t really surprised as I had named the big truck that my husband drove. Sweet Lady Green kept him safe for a long time. I told my son that I was going to have to come up with a name for my Jeep. He gave me a somewhat sideways look but didn’t argue the point. Then, the challenge was on.
I contacted a friend and asked about names and what names might not have been used. There were all manner of tough and rough sounding names. There were unusual names that stood out boldly. But for my Jeep, those type names did not seem to fit. It isn’t a Wrangler or Cherokee and not likely to be seen crawling over rocks so the tough sounding names needed to be left to the rock crawlers.
Then I got to thinking, I drive a Jeep Compass, what better name than Star? I was put in touch with the lady who does all the decal work for the group and we discussed my idea. I told her right off I was open for suggestions but here was my thoughts. I thought a compass decal toward the front hood corner on the passenger side and ribbons of stars that crossed the hood and down the driver’s side. She worked it up and when it was ready, we scheduled a time and drove down to her place. Standing back out of the way I watched her work her magic. In a short time she had the decals in place and it was like looking at a totally different Jeep. A Star, was born.
All of that happened a couple of months ago. The other day I discussed with her about getting a Just Jeepin for a cause banner and to extend the ribbon of stars further down the driver’s side.
Today my son made it possible and we drove down. I really need to get better at finding my way to places, but as long as my son is around and willing to be chauffeur, I’ll let him.
It wasn’t long after we arrived that she set to work. The wind wanted to create a challenge but when you’re dealing with professionals, a little wind is nothing. Within the hour, we had visited, we had discussed pets and property and even girl scout cookies. I was also standing and looking at a more dolled up Jeep. Nicolle had taken your every day, run of the mill, cookie cutter Compass, and yes, made her a Star.
She isn’t a Wrangler or Cherokee and definitely not a Gladiator. She is a Jeep though, and now, she has her own way of standing out. There is also the fact that not long after the first decals were put in place, I ordered solar system patterned seat covers. Later, when I was searching for ideas of what to do for Halloween, I found a scrap piece of star patterned fabric, that actually covers the back of the back seat for a dollar. I also have solar lights that twinkle. Too much? Na.. too fun.
I’ve been careful in how I’ve done this. Proceeding in stages so to not hurt myself financially.
But today I also had something my son has been saying all along confirmed. If you want to be a part, you have to make yourself a part. You have to step out and make yourself known. Star didn’t need all of the decals, but they’re a fun way to participate. I don’t need to make any changes in me, other than to break out of the box I created and walk up to people and start talking. It was made a little easier at the gathering last night with all the folks who had dogs. Pets are a real icebreaker. Maybe I should take Bella next time..
We are our own star, we create and shine our own light. We have all been given our own personalities and gifts, it is up to us, to shine. Hiding under a basket will get us nowhere, and draw no one to us.