Friday, September 16, 2011

My minivan aversion

The official car of motherhood is the minivan.  It's obvious to see why- they get great fuel economy, fit tons of people, aren't very big, have lots of storage, and the back doors slide open, preventing kids from making door dings, and they have great safety records. It totally makes sense to drive one.  All (ok, most) of my friends drive minivans.

But I don't.  I can't help it.  I see a minivan, and I think matronly and old.  Ironically, I don't see my minivan driving moms as anything but hip. I still can't bring myself to bite the bullet and get the minivan.  J thinks I'm out of my mind.

So, I drive this huge behemoth, getting 33% or more less fuel efficiency than I would if I would just be sensible. I just can't. I can't do it.  I'm generally really sensible, but I refuse to grow up in this part of my life.  When my kids move out, I'll probably get a zippy little sports car, but for now, I really like my huge urban assault vehicle.

It can be handy- I've been able to fit five kids AND two enormous bass violins. The owner of one of the basses was in awe about my car, and actually told her parents, "You have to go see K's mom's car.  It fit FIVE kids, two basses AND her mom.  It is so cool!!"

And, it has a dvd player.  I love it.


Timmy Radloff said...

A minivan is definitely the best match for a very busy and hands-on mother like you. It suits your lifestyle nicely, I believe. Don’t fret. You are not alone thinking mothers driving minivans are hip. :) Yours particularly, the Behemoth, is very trendy. As a matter of fact, it has been revolutionary at one time in history.

Timmy Radloff

Stelle said...

"You have to go see K's mom's car. It fit FIVE kids, two basses AND her mom. It is so cool!!"--- This is great, right? Others get to notice how fantastic your car is. :D Your Behemoth really offers plenty of space not only for passengers but also for your stuff as well. Your family will definitely enjoy having road trips when you have a great vehicle like this!

Stelle Courney

Carry said...

Minivans may not be sexy, but you won’t be able to find a better family vehicle! And because it is fuel-efficient, it is just reasonable to buy a minivan for the family. Well, mothers like you deserve a spacious, easy-to-drive and fuel-efficient car like that. :)

[Carry Demaggio]

Anonymous said...

Great idea there, Stelle! When you have a vehicle like this, bringing a lot of baggage wouldn’t be an issue when you’re going out for a road trip or a vacation since there is a huge cargo capacity for your stuff.

Sara Anthony