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Did You Love Your First Car as Much as I Did?

An ode to my very first bucket of bolts

Jill Francis
Human Parts
Published in
6 min readApr 11, 2022

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1987 Jeep Cherokee Wagoneer truck. Navy blue with wood panels on the side.
Photo: IFCAR via Wikimedia

In 1992, my dad went down to the garage where my grandfather was the shop manager and bought me a used vehicle that would eventually be known as “Loretta.” The photo above is not my truck, of course. Mine was black, not navy, and my tires were chunky off-roaders, not the…

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Jill Francis
Human Parts

American immigrant in Italy with too many degrees in Psychology. I write about everything I’m afraid of. jillfranciswrites@gmail.com