In 1983, like every mom in suburban America, my mom bought a Volvo Station Wagon. It was unremarkable except for the color: a mint metallic green. (For anyone who knows Craig’s affinity for cars and car maintenance, it should come to no surprise that prior to this car, he had not allowed metallic car colors because the touch-up paint was not an exact match.)
I don’t recall seeing so many Volvo Station Wagons before this milestone Morris acquisition. Sure, we’d seen some cars like ours, but not the same exact color! What were the chances? Suddenly, they were everywhere: on Hwy 80 on the way up to Tahoe, in the parking lot at school, and all around town. Had these cars been on the road all along and we had just not noticed them? Had we stumbled upon a rash of popularity with this kind of car and this exact color? The answer was yes – to both. We happened on the intersection between new awareness and new trend. I coined this phenomenon “The Green Volvo Theory”.
I’ve experienced this phenomenon a few other times – and most recently with my breast cancer diagnosis. Being diagnosed in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month, aka Pinktober) was the heightened awareness. Just fresh off of the Dance Party Pre-Op video that went Viral, here comes today’s announcement courtesy of Amy Robach, news anchor on “Good Morning America” that she was just diagnosed with breast cancer following an on-air mammogram. To read the story, check it here. In the ultimate example of the GVT come to life: Amy Robach, a young early 40-something mom like me, will undergo a bilateral mastectomy on November 14th, the same day as my surgery.
Amy shares her CJ in her own words on this blog and this video clip from this morning’s show. So much of what I’ve felt or experienced she expressed so well. I will be thinking of her on Thursday.
Anyone catch it live today and notice her hubby is former Melrose Place actor Andrew Shue?
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