Your car could fit in my car
No, I don’t do daycare.
I can’t give you a lift to the airport or the ski resort, either. The tinted windows aren’t hiding well-behaved felons on their way to pick up roadside litter, nor am I a private investigator with cameras mounted to catch indiscretions and fraud.
I am simply a mom who drives a 12-passenger van because that’s the only way I can get all my little ducks from point A to point B in one trip, one vehicle, without breaking any laws.
For several months after the birth of our seventh baby, we took two cars whenever we went places as a family. We took two cars to church, two cars to the zoo, two cars to the museum. We took two cars to the dealership where we bought the van. It was ridiculous to coordinate travel. It was foolish to use all that extra gas when one car could have stayed at home if only we had the room.
Now, I drive a behemouth, the biggest car on the street and in the grocery store parking lot. The kids spent our first few outtings asking if we were bigger than that car or that car or that bus? They’d ask, point, and I’d confirm with a yes, yes, and a no. Buses beat us, but not by much. We christened it The Brick, and sometimes I feel like maybe I should wear a jaunty cap and join a union because I am privileged enough to captain such a ship.
I realize some people are miffed by our vehicle. Some may even be horrified that in this day and age, I’d drive such a gas-guzzling beast. It’s okay to have that opinion. When Toyota comes out with a 9-passenger hybrid, that will be a happy and unusual day and I will be the first at the dealership clutching a brochure and sipping bad coffee as I listen to a salesperson’s spiel. It better have cupholders in the back, a hand sanitizer dispenser, and maybe a periscope so the kids in the back row can see what is ahead.
Driving The Brick won’t last forever. The kids will grow and move away. Right now, we are in a season when we have children who must be driven places and that is best done under one big dome light.
I think you can see it from outer space.