there was this one time in our life (and by one time, i mean now) that we owned a totally, awesome, old van.
when we were pregnant with milo, we knew we needed to graduate to the minivan club, so we searched and searched until we found our van.
it was the perfect price so that we could pay in one lump sum, and not have to take a loan out.
i loved that van a lot...until one day, i realized that my totally awesome van, was indeed an outdated sucker.
my friends were actually the ones with totally awesome vans cause their doors actually opened on their own...with the click of a button.
they had sunroofs, cd players, windows and locks that actually worked.
it was a lifestyle i just didn't know about.
i experienced quite a few times at the carpool drop off line where the teacher walked up to my car door and just stood there, staring at it.
she was waiting for it to open by itself.
i had to motion to her "you have to use your hands and open it yourself" (insert me making all sorts of awkward hand motions).
she still would just stare, not understanding that a van door doesn't open by itself.
i mean, come on lady...it wasn't that long ago that you actually had to use your own muscles to open car doors. gimme a break.
and the kicker?
she would WALK AWAY without closing it.
ummm, i'm pretty sure that if you had to open it with your own hands then you're gonna have to do the closing too.
i would have to hang my head low and hop out (while everyone is waiting behind me) and walk around to manually close my van door.
this particular teacher did this every time she had to get my child out for carpool.
i started to get anxiety over it.
it was an ordeal every time...the awkward hand motions...the getting out to close the door...or sometimes just driving away with it open.
this time last year our totally awesome van started to get less and less awesome.
the driver side window would not roll down anymore, so add that to my list of awkward moments.
having to pull up a bit at a drive-thru so i can open my door to get out and get my goods...because my window won't roll down.
or when our automatic locks stopped working...and the only way i could get into the car was to unlock the driver side, with the key...then reach across and unlock all the other doors.
this was awesome with 5 kids in tow...in the orlando heat...let me tell ya.
don't get me wrong. that van is a good one.
in fact, mr. anderson still drives it.
it's gotten us where we need to go everyday since we purchased it nearly 5 years ago.
i was relieved when i got over my initial shock of being pregnant with olive last year, and realized that "ahhhh yah, we have to get a new car to fit all of us!"
and so we did. last summer, we bought a new van that fits us all.
and the locks work.
and my window rolls down.
and the doors open on their own.
no more awkward hand motions for this mama.
to all of you who may be driving a totally awesome old van...rock it proudly...even when it's awkward.