My car is in the shop so we have a rental for a few days. This was the perfect opportunity to have a mini-van instead of my usual SUV. And you know what? *whispers* I love it!
I can throw the kids in the van to run around and climb all over the seats while I fill the back up with bags from the store. Then I can scoot in myself and walk into the back to buckle them in, offer them a beverage and peanuts, introduce the in-flight movie, and point out the emergency exits. A slight exageration, yes, but this is like driving a cozy living room around. It handles like a car and I can whip around a parking lot like gramps on a Rascal. The only drawback is it is incredibly long, the stretch limo of mom-mobiles, and will not fit entirely into my garage when parked on the same side as the door to the house.
I am so eager for us to get our own minivan. (My young, hip inner self is shaking her head.) I am envisioning all the things that would be easier with all the extra room:
Think of all the friends (and/or potential future children) I could haul around town.
I could carry a little potty for those awkward "I have to go, I just went" moments on the road. And I would have all the space I would need for a fully stocked diaper changing center.
I remember those frequent-feeding infant nursing days with both of my babies where we'd go out to run errands and they would need to nurse. And rather than find a suitable place inside a W@l-Mart or grocery store, I would snuggle the baby up under the steering wheel and wedge myself to find a comfortable position. But if I had a minivan? I could set myself up on the sofa-like back seat and relax with a hungry infant and turn on the DVD player to entertain myself.
I could go to preschool too early for pick up just so I could recline in the back and catch up on my shows - or a nap!
So, I suppose it won't happen any time soon, but I am ready.