The "Flying Lady" is the hood ornament on all Rolls Royces. I was first introduced to her as a figurine in the center of a heavy ashtray, where I traced her form with my finger. My father told me she was the car designer's "sexcretary." My mother shot him a look, he chuckled, and I was confused.

Years later, while I was knitting in the same room, he told me my mother used to knit sweaters for the lady on the car, "so she wouldn't get cold." I looked over and he was crying.

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