Everytime I look at my MINI I have to smile. It's just so darn cute! The only way it could be any cuter is if it were hot pink pearl and had a giant Hello Kitty head on the hood....lol. I just love this car! I love driving it, how easy it is to park, the bun-warmer seats, and the awesome gas mileage I get---I love everything about it! It's almost 5 years old and I have only 18,000 miles on it, and not one single ding or scratch! It's economical, super-cute and paid for!
However, as difficult as it is to admit, I do not always love getting Isaac in and out of the backseat and his carseat. I literally have to climb into the backseat to get him strapped in. The car sits so low that all of this bending, stretching, and lowering a 25 lb wiggly monkey boy is very hard on the lower back, shoulders and neck.
My heart sinks everytime I think of giving up my beloved "PeeWee". This car was my post-divorce "it's time for ME" and "I bought a brand new car totally on my own!" vehicle. My mid-life crisis perhaps. It was bought long before I ever dreamed of having a child...or moving to snow-hell.
Technically I can fit a passenger, a toddler, a 75 lb. lovey puppy and a Peg Perego stroller in the back half of this car...but it's tight. We've debated this issue for awhile now, and we just keep coming back to how physically hard it is on our backs, to get the little Monkey boy in and out....and that we can't really take my car on any real road trips. We thought about the Mini Clubman, but it's still small and low to the ground...
I'm so torn. It's going to be SO hard to give up the car I love with all my heart, and buy a more practical small SUV or sedan that isn't quite so cute and fun and that is affordable. Something with *cringe* a car payment. (The Infiniti SUV I lust over is out of the question! The only vehicles I like are $$$!!). Oh...and I will *NOT*. Drive. A. Mini. Van. Ever. Ever. (Sorry, no offense to those who do. But I. Just. Can't. Do. It.) I'm so conflicted about this. Most people wouldn't think twice and would just trade the car. I'm different. I come from 'car people' (My dad was a drag racer)....I've only ever owned fast sports cars all my life. This MINI is actually the only 'cutesy' car I've ever owned...lol.
So hubby and I are debating, looking at some vehicles, and I'm trying to picture myself driving something else....I feel like I'll be giving up the last thing I have left, of the "original, real me". That kinda hurts. Is that selfish?
TALK TO ME....
What do you drive? What do you love about it? Tell me all about it. What vehicles do you suggest?