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  • "Too good to be true"
    The thought may come to mind, right?

    "What's the catch?"
    May shortly follow...

    "...why?"
    May be your final question, or at least it was for me soon after getting off the phone with my overly ecstatic Mom after she had finished telling me that someone had given her a "free" car.

    Free.

    Nothing is free, I thought. Not even the draws of air we breath in, oxygen intermixed with so many carbons and other particles, are free. Each taxing breath takes a toll on our body, our environment, and those around us. If the air of life (something I undoubtedly take for granted) is devoid of this "free-ness", then a car most certainly cannot be free. Right?

    Right.

    Especially not free when a stranger (a philanthropist from another country, an unfamiliar person, a man with unknown motives, 16 kids, never married) gives your susceptible Mother a free car.

    Would it be free from future favors? Future guilt? No strings attached? Altruism at its best?

    No such thing, therefore not free.

    She returned the car, but only after two painful discussions which ended in an argument, loss of time, and lack of understanding.

    So the final price for a Free Car: the jarring of an already complicated and jaded mother-daughter relationship.
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