Mourning the death of my Jeep Cherokee Part 1

We nick named the car Divine Love because it's license plate for years was dvl
We nick named the car Divine Love because it's license plate for years was dvl
You were a beast my Jeep Cherokee.  You kept me and my family safe till the end
You were a beast my Jeep Cherokee. You kept me and my family safe till the end
You have been through so much with me and the family
You have been through so much with me and the family
Good By divine love. Blessings we all send to you. You will be missed.
Good By divine love. Blessings we all send to you. You will be missed.

I got the call one week ago at my desk at work. The phone rang and the receptionist said, " Laura, line one, it is an emergency, please pick up." " Hi Laura, Divine Love is gone." On the other end of the phone was my twin sister, Linda. We nick named our car divine love since the license plate was dvl. " No way I said, It cannot be?" I was at work feeling stressed out since my Jeep Cherokee had stalled on me twice in three days. Towing bills, a bill to fix my car, a rental car and now I find out it is gone, on it's way to car heaven.

As I sat at my desk I just sobbed. I can't believe I am crying about my car, but this car had been like a friend to me. I sat there thinking about all the family memories in my old Jeep Cherokee. It was a 1997 Jeep that had been through part of my marriage, divorce and now with me seven years after the divorce. Wow, what a friend it had been. It had taken me through the hardest times of my life and I counted on it. Bringing kids to play dates, school, concerts, sports, and even our cabin up north. We loved our Divine Love. Every time a guy would see it, they would tell me what a beast it was. The worst of snow storms it could plow through like nothing was stopping it.

This Jeep has been with me since my kids were three and four years old. Now my babies are 13 and 14 years old. I know in the past four years I was putting a lot of money into the old car, but I still loved it and will send it to car heaven with blessings. I know this sounds odd, but the car died just when I could actually afford another car and not a moment too soon. I had this car paid off back in 02, so every year I just thanked God it was still going.

Just one week before it died for good, I had driven to a very dangerous part of town. It was -20 below and my sister was so worried I might have car trouble since lately the car was making a weird sputtering noise. I told Linda not to worry as I knew my Jeep would get me there and home safe. It did get me home safe and sound. For everything there is a season.

To my dear divine love, you were a blessing to me and my family. we will miss you.

© Laura Rogers Arne

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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

It can be hard to let go of a car in the family. Wishing you wonderfull joy and happiness in your next car. God Bless You and your precious children and loved ones.

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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Hi Healing Touch,

I should think that every car can tell a story and they also become a big part of our lives so we are bound to miss them.

Thanks for sharing.

Take care


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

R.I.P. Devine Love,your place in Heaven awaits.;)

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WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

We bought a new Jeep 4 door Rubicon last summer. We love it!

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Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Mentalist and Healing Touch, that isn't snow in those photos... that's the top of clouds. Your beloved friend is already in Four Wheel Drive heaven, being detailed and waiting for you.

Don't rush... Divine Love has all the time in the world (and the next world) now.

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Mrs. J. B. 6 years ago from Southern California

What a great tribute.. RIP Divine Love...

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justom 6 years ago from 41042

I voted this hub funny, I've never had that much affection for a machine...well except for my ex :-P Peace!! Tom

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SilverGenes 6 years ago

I understand completely - my Francis Ford Coupela is in the back, lovingly covered in a tarp until spring when I will take him to the spa and hope for a miracle recovery. There are a lot of good memories in that car. Divine Love is a wonderful name!

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Healing Touch 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author


My next hub talks of my new car. I will write that tonight when I get to my hotel. Thanks for the kindness. Peace

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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Sis-That Jeep Cherokee was the "Beast car that could." I can't believe how long it lasted and all the great times we had in that car. I am already done mourning and enjoying our new Kia Sedona. It's so fun to have a new car. I LOVE our new ride. LOL

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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hello my new friend, and yes I too have my Jeep Cherokee, which is an 8 cylinder; a big gas hog...okay I talked to my car while drive her the other day and say don't worry I would trade you in, you have been with me since 1998, I bought this car new and it's mine and I feel the same way you do...rate this up love & peace darski

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LillyGrillzit 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

I really am going to cry. I love my Bessie, a 1999 Jeep Cherokee, and I hope she lives longer. She has been a loyal and faithful vehicle. Thank you for honoring your old Jeep! Me too... :0)

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

I'm looking forward to read more about your new car, and yes, I've buried a few cars in my life as well - I know the feeling. But the new car will steal your heart pretty soon, and then the Jeep will forever be merely a good memory somewhere in your mind :)))

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chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

It deserves its rest.

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epigramman 6 years ago

........if cars were women then you would be a Rolls Royce - and the fastest most beautiful vehicle that's ever graced the hub highway ....

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Ashantina 6 years ago

What a send off! I'm sure your new car will live up to divineloves'.

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kashmir56 6 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Healing Touch, great hub enjoyed reading it ! Looking forward to reading the new car hub !

Have a great weekend my friend !!!

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Enjoyed reading this tribute to your Jeep! Rings a few bells for me too!

Love and peace


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Dusty Snoke 6 years ago from Chattanooga, TN

I am so sorry to hear that your jeep passed away. May your new car last as long as this one did. Although you have replaced the jeep, it will not be forgotten.

money online 6 years ago

thanks for nice sharing.

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cwarden 5 years ago from USA

So sorry for your loss. Thanks for sharing!

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Gail Anthony 5 years ago

Brought back memories of my '96 Grand Cherokee that died in '09. Good to know I'm not the only one to get emotionally attached to a vehicle.

Healing Touch 5 years ago


Cars do bring so many memories. Thanks so much for stopping by.

healing touch 5 years ago


You make me blush, and I love every minute of it. Peace

Healing Touch 5 years ago


Thanks for coming by. Yes, each car brings so much to our families.

Healing touch 5 years ago

Mentalist Acer,

Thanks so much. You so get it. My car is in car heaven.

Healing touch 5 years ago


I will have to look up your Jeep. A rubincon. I will google it. I am so glad you love it.

Healing touch 5 years ago

Twilight Lawns,

I Love the image of my car being in clouds in car heaven. Ha. Peace to you

Healing touch 5 years ago


My sister and I had a great hearty laugh on you comment on getting attached to machinary exept for the ex. I have the same affection for my ex.

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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Mrs. J.B.

Thanks so much for honoring Divine Love

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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Darlene Sabella

I love your comment. Cars are so part of us. Peace

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Owl Ka Myst 5 years ago from In the Valley of Grapes

Wow- another female that adores her vehicle!!! I thought I was all alone. I feel your sorrow for your Jeep!

I have me a 1994 Dodge Dakota, been with me since 2000, three kids and all that. I have had very few problems with it and what problems I did have where typical wear and tear. It has never, ever left me stranded. If it had a problem, it would limp itself to someplace safe with help or mostly make it home then quit. I can fully relate and appreciate the sychronicity of your jeep giving out just at the 'right time'.

My truck has been so very good to me with everything that I have put it through. But it is getting 'tired'. I will mention getting a different truck and I have to be careful where I say that.....shhhh, can't let Dakota hear or I have to rub the dash and say, 'it's ok, I'm still keeping you.'

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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author

Owl Ka Myst

Shhh, your secret is safe with me. I am so impressed your car has so done you right. Blessings to the Dodge Dakota

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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author


Martie your right. I am in love with my Kia. Thanks for stopping by my friend

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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author


Thanks so much for coming to my car hub. I do love my new car. Please read my part 2

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

People who've never had a relationship with a Jeep can't really understand...our last was a Wagoneer, after a previous Willys pickup (split window) and a different Wagoneer. I wish we could've kept each one--other cars, not so much. (Well, I'm still missing my old Volks that was sold in 1973, but that's for another hub. I forgave him, btw.)

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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN Author


I am glad you stopped by. Love the bugs.

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, it's amazing how an inanimate object can be loved, I totally understand, it has been part of the family for years, hope you got a nice new one!

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Norah Casey 5 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

I agree with RTalloni, there is something wonderful about owning a Jeep. I own a 1980 Jeep Wagoneer that has driven home two generations of my family from the hospital (my 20 year old younger brother and my 10 year old nephew). Sure, the radio sucks and I can't go above 65 on the freeway, but I can drive over and through anything.

The Jeep is a replacement for the first car I personally loved, an old Camaro. I know what it is like to lose a car you love. I hope you have found something to fill even just a part of the void left from your Divine Love.

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