I recently gave up my convertible for an SUV, but why am I so opposed to a mini van? People who have them love them. Those who don't, swear they will never go there. Why?
Angela Chee: When we were going through our search for a new car, many people had helpful suggestions. Both my dad and my father-in-law said, "Why don't you get a mini van?" Both my husband and I looked at each other, cringing on the inside, and said, "No, I don't think that's us. We're not ready for a mini van." What is that supposed to mean? Will I ever be ready for a mini van?
What's wrong with one, and why are we so attached to our vehicles? Is it officially making the statement that we aren't the fun couple anymore, and are all about schlepping our kids and their stuff around? Or maybe it goes back to high school, when the only car I could drive was my parents' wagon. Remember those? We didn't care that much -- at 16, it was nice to have anything to drive, but it wasn't exactly the coolest cruising to parties in a "mama mobile." So is the new "mama mobile" a mini van? I'm a mama and I'm proud, but part of me still doesn't want to drive a mini van or a wagon.
I'm expecting my second child in December, and my son is only 16 months old, so that means two car seats. In addition, my mother-in-law is with us often, so that is already five seats. Then when my parents come to visit, it would be nice to be in one car, so that will be seven. So a mini van would make sense, but usually it's just me and the kid(s) in the car, so why should I get this big vehicle just in case I need it?
I suppose at some point, practicality takes over ego, and you just get what is right for your family. Don't get me wrong, I don't think there's anything wrong with a mini van. In fact, my friends love theirs, and I think if I end up having a third, or if my kids just have too much crap to fit in the car, I'll consider it, but for now I'm fine. No mini van for me!
FYI -- we ended up getting an SUV with a third row that seats seven if needed, and I'm quite happy with that, for now.
|Angela Chee is a television host, voice-over artist and creator of TheZenMom.com as a resource for other moms because motherhood isn't always so zen. She is a first time mom.|