March 13, 2008

It’s for the kids

Dear Beautiful Wife,

As you know, the car that I drive most days is the same car you bought for yourself when you were much, much younger – long before I swooped in and stole your heart and even longer before you spawned matching offspring. That period of time, when you first bought the car, is what we now call “the olden days.” As you may have noticed from the much newer car that you drive now, a lot has changed since you bought the car. For instance, cars nowadays don’t have antennas. They are built into the car. This is notable only because the antenna on my car, which once automatically went up or down when you turned the radio on or off, is now stuck in the “up” position for eternity. Cars nowadays also have radios with all of the knobs on them. They also have something called a CD player. Luckily, I found an old tape in your glove compartment that I can play on my fancy tape deck/radio but one can only listen to Neneh Cherry so often before going crazy.

But today, I found one more reason why we really need to get a new car. You see, it’s not for me. Yes, I’m the only Executive Director in the Y who who drives a car with two hub caps missing, but I can live with the laughter. I’m tough. But today, our little boy, the same little boy that begs to give you kisses and hugs when you leave in the morning, stopped short of the car as I was about to hoist him up and into his car seat (which, by the way, lacks the much safer LATCH system – it’s a death trap really). As I bent down to pick him up, he quickly put both hands on the top of his head and ducked while saying… “Watch my head, Daddy! No hit my head!”

Of course, I tried to calm his fears. “I’m not going to hit your head, Buddy.” I told him reassuringly.

Then, as I hoisted him up, I bonked his head on the top of the interior car door.

Apparently not for the first time. The car, it seems, is too small for our growing kids to fit inside.

So, honey, forget about everything else I’ve said about the car. If you have any compassion and motherly love you’ll let me march right down to the car dealer this weekend and purchase a safe vehicle made in the current millennium.

It’s for the kids.


  1. I know what you mean about maneuvering the kids into their seats. It gets awkward when they get older. A new car possibility? A Scion….my sister LOVES hers. The headroom in the 2nd seat is amazing. Her passengers don’t need to “duck” down to get in. Economical & spacious!

    Comment by Grace — March 13, 2008 @ 5:47 am

  2. I guess the next question is: what does an Executive Director in the Y need to drive… for the kids? ;)

    Comment by Deanna — March 13, 2008 @ 8:32 am

  3. She’ll probably suggest they wear helmets.

    Comment by samantha jo campen — March 13, 2008 @ 10:12 am

  4. Keeping TheMONK concussion free, safer latch system and fitting in with your peers are all very good reasons to get a new car, good luck.

    Comment by Grandmother — March 13, 2008 @ 10:17 am

  5. LOL… now I’m curious to see if this tactic will work :)

    Cheers Eva

    Comment by Eva — March 13, 2008 @ 10:48 am

  6. Shame on you for using the kids. You know us mothers fall for that every time. But really I hope it works for you cause it sounds like you could really use a new car. :)

    Comment by mamafabulosity — March 13, 2008 @ 10:53 am

  7. Nice – the wife will probably respond with – “The kiddo is hard headed anyways – this will toughen him up”

    Comment by smakan — March 13, 2008 @ 11:08 am

  8. I don’t know how many times I’ve bonked my own head while putting my boys in and out of their car seats, ouch!
    Ok, I didn’t know about the new cars not having antennas,lol. Mine isn’t all that old, 2003 and my dh’s truck is newer than that and I think he has an antenna…now I’ll have to look,lol
    Go get a new car! As for me, my cool mini van will be paid off this year so I’m hanging on to it. It will be nice to be down to 1 car payment, yay!

    Comment by Tanya — March 13, 2008 @ 12:50 pm

  9. When you do get that new ride, please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. Thanks for the mention last fall – I’m glad to hear you like our catalog!

    Comment by Rachel — March 24, 2008 @ 9:51 am

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