We are buying a new ride and it will probably be a minivan. Gasp, I know.
I think it is best to start this story 15 years ago when I was graduating from high school. I was voted most likely to be a kool-aid mom. I guess this was today's version of a soccer mom. I remember a few of my guy friends joking with me about my future minivan and typical mom-lifestyle. I remember responding with a little laughter and something to the effect of, look, of course I want to be a mom, but I have dreams…goals...and c'mon, I WILL NOT DRIVE A MINIVAN. I'm not going to be a regular mom, I'll be a cool mom (thoughts of a teenager).*
There are two camps when it comes to minivans--the ones who love them and the ones who hate them. You fall into one or the other…you know who you are.
Brian and I have been discussing the big purchase for about 5 months now, and it's crunch time. We need a third row before the baby gets here. We started with the cool cars--the Acadias, the Enclaves. I was so excited--3 rows, captains seats, no mini, no van. The cool mom quest continued. Then we brought our double stroller to the dealer and it turns out that these SUVs (trucks?) have no trunk space--like none. They are great--don't get me wrong, but I have a lot to haul around.
I have always been a function over fashion type-of-girl. If we're being honest, I can barely walk in high heels. But the minivan, the ease, it still wasn't appealing to me.
It was not until I was at my parents house for dinner that things started to shift. They had the come-to-Jesus-talk with me. You know...you are going to have three kids...you just need to own it. I sat there and listened. The next day at pre-school pickup I saw moms and dads loading up kids in their minivans. It looked so easy; these doors open automatically, people! I'm bordering on struggling with two, so I will take anything that makes life one step easier at this point.
Nothing has been purchased yet, but it looks like my destiny of minivan ownership will be true after all. I kinda can't wait.
*paraphrased Mean Girls quote, one of my faves!