Anyone Need A Ride?
January 5, 2012 | Uncategorized
As you know from my FB status, I bought a brand new mini-van and crossed a new threshold in my career as a parent. This is my first mini-van ever. I’ve been a mom for almost 11 years and I really don’t know how I’ve gotten this far without it.
I’ve relied on the kindness of my friends who owned mini-vans that could fit up to 8 people in their car with car seats, sports equipment, birthday presents and more! For those of you who don’t have children yet or don’t remember these days, this is huge! I was so jealous. I would just sit and watch with mini-van envy. While I loved my 5 seater CR-V, it just wasn’t the same.
Until now, I’ve had to beg and plead to get into a carpool going to a random birthday party. Luckily, the other moms took pity on me, picked up and brought home my child without expecting anything in return. I’d like to take a moment at this time to thank them for including me in their carpools.
This year when my daughter joined Reading Olympics at school, I was fortunate enough to get into a carpool with 4 other families. But, I had some work to do. Six kids in 5 seats plus all of their backpacks, lunch bags, etc. You do the math. I made it work, but there was a catch. When it was my turn to drive, I had to leave my other child with someone while I took the others to school. The only other alternative was to draw straws and the kid with the shortest straw would have to sit in the trunk. Hey, its only a 4 minute ride, right? (Just kidding).
But, today is a new day. I have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. Times have changed for the better. I am finally sitting at the grown-ups table with the other mini-van moms. I can play with the other moms without feeling guilty, join the cool clique and get invited to all of the big time carpools.
Honestly, I just can’t wait to return the favor and pile all of the neighborhood kids into my car. I’ll watch them file out saying – “Thanks, Mrs. Heisman.” It will be so cool.