This is the perfect example of the saying “It’s the thought that counts.”

My mother has always been very supportive of all of the dreams, passions and ideas I’ve had growing up. I couldn’t be more grateful to have a mother that cares about my happiness and would do anything to help me reach my goals, even if they’re not what she imagined they’d be.

When I became a NASCAR fan, and then NASCAR blogger, I don’t remember her ever saying “What are you doing?” while looking at me like I’m an alien. Quite the contrary actually, she’s even taken to watching races on her own and trying to understand what the sport is all about. It’s great.

So here’s the thing. For my birthday and holidays she usually gets me at least one thing that has to do with NASCAR and, more specifically, Dale Earnhardt Jr. The year before last she got me one of those Fathead thingies you stick on your wall, it was of Dale’s old number 8. That was cool.

This year, however, my mom’s heart was in the right place but I’m not sure where her logic was. She gave me a Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 88 Car Shade.

Yes, I’m sure you’re thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s a car shade, for your car!” Yes it is, but it’s meant for babies. It’s a BABY Car Shade. The little graphic that’s on the pull down shade is of a cute little cartoon car.

I don’t have a baby. I have no children. I’m single, with no prospects. I’m as single as a human could be and my mother has given me a baby car shade. She says that she didn’t notice the fact that written on the back of the packaging it reads “Car Shade helps keep baby safe from the sun and harmful UV rays while riding in the car.” Ah, Right.

I love my mom though and I appreciate the effort and thought. I love my baby-less baby car shade.


The car shade in question.
(photo credit: The Fast and the Fabulous)