I have a friend who just had her third baby. Three boys 3 and under. Room is tight squeezing those carseats in side-by-side in the backseat of her Camry. She’s been musing over the fact that she thinks they may need a new car.
UHHH…a new car? How about a new VAN!?
To which she proclaims “No! No! No! I could never have a minivan! No! Just no! They’re ugly. They look like a big ol’ bird. (I don’t quite know how they look like birds, but ok). I’ve tried to go all “Price is Right merchandise model” on her and display the features. The rooomy seats. The way the back row folds down and then you have a huge trunk for the marvelous camping trips you’ll all take together.
But still she persists. “No, I’m just not a minivan person. I like my Camry.”
——-Push pause and let me interject something here——-
I don’t know what it is, but there’s nothing I love better than a minivan debate. It seems to ignite the political car fire in people. You either love minivans or hate minivans. Kind of like eggnog.
You’ve probably guessed that I love my minivan (swoooon!) And I simply cannot for the life of me understand how people with kids cannot see the glory that is this vehicle. I don’t get it!!!
My turn, “Yes, but you guys won’t be able to go on trips! How will you ever take their friends anywhere?”
She concedes, “That’s true. I can’t even take my mom with us when we’re all together.” But then she goes back to “But it’s so ugly.”
Trying to be fair here, trying for a moment to allow some graciousness for the aesthetics of others, I purpose “Well then get an SUV then.”
“But the gas mileage.”
See now, in my mind this means it’s case closed. You’ll just have to get the minivan. But this is how my brain works. I’ve learned that the brain of a minivan-hater is not like my brain. They have such a deep disdain for the minivan that they can be presented with all of the logical facts (the room, the comfort, the gas mileage) and still it does not add up to “You’ve got to buy this car. It’s the one for you.”
For whatever reason, for some people, buying a minivan is like totally giving up. It’s an orthopedic shoe when you used to wear pumps.
Now, here’s the kicker!!!!!
She just so happened to come over today and this is HER Camry parked next to MY Sienna. It’s practically the same stinkin’ car! Look at the color. The headlights, the design in front whatever that’s called. My van is just a bigger more awesome version of what she already has! LOL. Too much.
As for skirty-ness, I got to see the lovely Carrie (from Wholesome Womanhood– who will start blogging again on Monday!) at the park. She wears skirts all the time, so this is nothing new for her, but is she not the cutest thing ever? Yes she is.
Have a wonderful day!