To minivan or not to minivan? That has been the topic of conversation lately. Actually NOT at my house at ALL. So I began to wonder, am I not understanding something? Let me explain. You see recently 2 young mothers, that I adore and admire, had a set of twins just like me. Just like me they are sleep deprived, covered in spit up, self proclaimed experts in nose picking and utterly and completely in love with their babies. However, unlike me they both have and/or want a MINIVAN. WHAAAAAAATTT?!!! The thought NEVER and I mean NEVER crossed my mind. Am I doing something wrong? Am I missing something? Am I not packing enough stuff? What’s the deal?
I can remember when minivans became a thing. You see growing up I remember my parents having the full size van. The kind I think are so cool and vintage now, but back then was so embarrassed every time I got picked up from school in it. I mean it was brown. BROWN. We use to take that thing everywhere. Six flags, soccer tournaments, and to visit out of town family members. In the back of the van it had a bed that converted into a table or a table that converted into a bed. How cool right? I remember thinking that thing was BIG. Well then came the ultra sleek minivan. It was unveiled like the first time housewives saw washers and dryers. They died to have it and thought it was the latest and greatest until they realized it wasn’t. It was work geniusly disguised. That’s the minivan. Geniusly disguised. Oh it has a ton of room and you can manuver in and out so well. Back then it didn’t have the sliding automatic doors it has now nor did it come with built in entertainment systems. Just basic van, BUT smaller. You can do ALL the same things you did with the BIG van. Actually no. There was no more bed. No more table. NO more enormous room. Just a new version of the hipper, cooler mom. Well now the minivan represents total mom mode like washer and dryers represents total I can’t sit on my butt today because I have 2 weeks worth of laundry piled up. The minivan says, ” I no longer care about my cool status and vow to put my children first at all cost including driving this ridiculous thing.”
To be honest I never and I mean never looked at a mom in a minivan and thought shes uncool. Like never. Unless you’re my sister in law and then maybe. JUST KIDDING! But seriously the thought never enters my mind. So why do we torture ourselves when trying to decide whether or not to get a minivan. At the end of the day you have to do what’s best for you and your family and what’s best for us is for me to continue driving my SUV. Ha!