Monday, November 27, 2006

The Sam-mobile

Dear Sam,

Well, it's official: Your Dad and I are no longer carless. After five years of not caring about gas prices, becoming way too familiar with CTA, renting cars for out-of-town trips, and being able to feel superior for not adding to our country's dependence on foreign oil, we have now joined the ranks of automobile owners. Our #1 reason: You. Although we admired Jenny and Jon, who trekked their kids around on bikes, we realized it would be more practical to get a car once we have a child.

Thankfully, your Grandma and Grandpa helped us out. They also care about the environment, so they bought a new Toyota Camry Hybrid, which gets 40 mpg in the city. Then they sold their 2001 (non-Hybrid) Camry to us, at a very good price. Then they fixed everything on it, and even had it detailed. It feels like a new car to us.

This is their new car, in the sparkly blue color, with lots of cool amenities. We'll get to ride in it when we visit them, which we will definitely do a lot more often now that we can drive up there so easily.

We're still adjusting to the weird feeling of freedom of having a car. We drove to church on Sunday and did a big grocery shop, but when I went to the thrift store tonight, I still took the el and walked home with my big heavy bags. I hope we will still be cautious in how much we drive places. But we're glad we'll be able to drive you where you need to go, including to Grandma and Grandpa's in Wisconsin.


Anonymous said...

WOW...five years..I am impressed. Of course I know mass transit is easier there than it is here..but still. Congrats on the vehicle and come on referral!!

Anonymous said...

That is a huge step! As for us, we are in the suburbs and rely on our cars (yes, plural) daily! GL to you and enjoy your new wheels!

Anonymous said...

Ha! Then before you know it you will be driving the ultimate mom-mobile aka A MINIVAN... well, as one who until quite recently drove ONLY sports cars with a stick shift and now routinely has room for quite large items... and one very very precious cargo... bringing home baby really does change everything! I really hope your TWO are home soon as ever!

Mom to the Empress Fussypants!

VictoriaE said...

Hello Heidi, nice to "meet" you. You're on a fascinating journey with your two children, I'm going to be hanging onto every word, very interesting. There is one other blog I read (a new one) written by a mum who has a son coming over from the Phillipines, it's called "Heartsrings", I'll add it to my links when I add yours so you can have a look if you're interested. The whole adoption experience interests me hugely, especially as we might have the opportunity to take on our 3 foster daughters permanently - not the same as your situation but I feel some parallels. I love the concept of "Spiritual knitting" too. Okay, bye for now.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on the new car! Enjoy!
p.s. I love the kids names!

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