Dreams Do Come True!

by Marsha Goeman Wesley Chapel, FL

For many years, I had a dream--a goal, you might say--of owning a Corvette! For quite some time, the background on my computer at work was a Millennium Yellow coupe, a reminder of what it was all about.

In April 2001, I was finally fortunate enough to find and purchase my dream car: a gorgeous '01 Millennium Yellow coupe. I knew in my heart that after I got behind the wheel of one of these beauties, it would be all over with! After negotiating the deal and signing the paperwork, it was finally time to get into the driver seat and take my new car for a ride. The first time I ever drove a C5 was the day I bought mine. Needless to say, the experience was even better than I had imagined. Now, nearly two years later, the thrill of owning and driving this car is as strong as it was on the day I drove it for the first time.

Corvette is truly America's sports car! It is wonderful to share the joy of driving a Corvette with friends and seeing the expression on their faces when they take the wheel. Although this is my first Corvette, it certainly will not be the last!

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A Burning Desire

by Valecia "Chee-Chee" Parker Landover, Maryland

I went to work just like any other day on September 11, 2001; that was the day I thought Washington, D.C. was having an earthquake. I worked in the newly renovated section of the Pentagon on the second floor. I truly praise God for my two guardian angels: Mr. Gary Jackson, for coming back in the burning, smoked-filled section searching for individuals, and finding and saving me; and LTC Philip Beaver, who assisted in getting me out of the building.

There were so many people that touched my life that day, and I wish I could thank them all. When the airplane hit the Pentagon, there was a great loss--so many friends, church members, and coworkers. There were quite a few injured, including me. I truly miss the coworkers and friends that were close to me. I miss me, too. I have new challenges that come each and every day, and I no longer take anything for granted. I never realized how much you miss your independence until it is taken away. At present I am undergoing visual rehabilitation and vestibular physical therapy on a weekly basis, relearning to do what used to come naturally.

My plan was to be a Corvette owner on my 50th birthday, which was October 20, 2002. On September 11, I had a little over a year to go. But God has blessed me: On June 29, 2002, I became the proud owner of a six-speed, '02 Electron Blue Metallic coupe. I am in the slow lane, but that's OK--I get to drive! I did take it one step further; I got special vanity tags that say "BA B ME," and that's what I am doing. Taking care of her is fun. I have to say that having it, America's number-one sports car, is one of the best therapies I could have, even if I have to sit down at times to clean her. I do plan on personalizing her, so I have been looking through all of the catalogs. I became a member of G-Burg Corvette Club of Gaithersburg, Maryland, in November 2002. God willing, I plan to participate in several of the events.

I believe that you should give life your best, for you will never regret it. I am alive today and only God knows what is destined for me. I want to thank you for all your prayers that you sent this way, not knowing who the recipients were. God, please bless America!