Before I go driving anywhere with my teens, I am sure to hear one of them yell, “Shotgun!” This statement gives the person saying it the privilege of sitting in the front seat of the vehicle. I assume the expression originated in the days of the covered wagon, when the person sitting next to the driver carried a gun for protection, and therefore was known to be riding shotgun.
Since getting cancer, I don’t even have to call “shotgun”. No matter how many people are packed into a vehicle, I automatically get the coveted spot. Even Mom, with her bad knee, will climb into the back of a two door vehicle so that I can ride shotgun. It may be a small perk of having cancer, but it is a perk all the same.
Tip: Perks such as riding shotgun may be a small bonus when you have cancer, but each of these conveniences makes life a little easier, so take advantage of them while you can.