With our current here-there-and-everywhere lifestyle we truly would be lost without our two cars. I am so thankful that we own two cars we can count on.
Before the purchase of my beloved Passat wagon, I drove a fifteen year old Subaru that liked to play peek-a-boo with the check engine light and had the driver’s door lock punched out since it got broken into at my apartment in Seattle. Before that I spent a year reliant on the Seattle-area public transit system exclusively. And I often worked at 6am or until 10pm. It was cold. It was wet. Mostly, it was unreliable and out of my control.
Before we bought our house, the purchase of my/our car was by far the biggest we had every made. And let me tell you, once you’ve had leather seats, you don’t go back. Especially with kids!
There was a time where being a two-car family was very luxurious and not entirely necessary, but now that we are spending the majority of our time on opposite sides of the metropolitan area, and constantly facilitating child-swaps and meet-ups, our two cars are heavily used (a few weeks ago I roughly estimated that we used to go through about 3 tanks of gas each month between the two of us and now it’s closer to 6-7). As with all cars, issues pop up and these instances tend to make me that much more grateful (and aware) of my heavy reliance.
This November I’m thankful for two working cars. I’m thankful that I can get to where I need to go, leave when I need to leave, and be relatively mindless about the whole process. I’m thankful that, as a family, we have the option of splitting up, meeting up, or switching off. I’m thankful for the added control in our life, as well as the additional flexibility.
This post is part of a month-long series detailing 25 Things I’m Thankful For.