Monday, December 18, 2017
Parenting & Relationships

Older car a vehicle of history, memories

Those holiday car commercials with the big red ribbons adorning minivans and SUVs tug at my heart.

Most of my friends have cars like this too, and I have to admit that I'm jealous.

In my 2000 Honda CRV, the clock and radio stopped working years ago, and the back window doesn't latch shut anymore.

My husband and I bought this 13-year-old car well before having kids. In fact, we bought it with our dogs in mind.

Now I wish I could trade the fold-down space for a third row of seats.

My car's lack of seating capacity becomes an issue whenever I carpool other kids.

When I took a friend of mine to our sons' baseball camp, I had to move my daughter's five-point harness seat to the middle and put the boys on each side of her in their booster seats.

It was a tight fit, which made it tough for the kids to get in and out easily. It worked fine for the week, but I kept thinking about how a bigger car would make things so much easier.

During spring break last year, the car rental agency kindly gave us an upgrade to a GMC Acadia. Somehow they must have known I was secretly wishing for a vehicle like this one.

It had leather seats for seven, a sunroof, a rearview camera and a DVD player. The size of this car was heavenly. We had plenty of space for luggage, groceries, the stroller and extra people.

Of course, my kids were completely mesmerized because they could watch a movie in the car. In my car, all we have for entertainment is conversation and a large supply of books.

On long road trips, they definitely get bored after a while, so I know a DVD player would be a nice thing to have.

The truth is that I would love a new SUV, but since my car was paid off long ago, we realize what a car payment would do to our budget.

Though a newer, larger vehicle would make it easier to carpool and give us more space for kids and dogs, we've decided we have lots of other things that we need to spend money on. I'm going to drive my car until something major breaks and it's no longer cost effective to repair it.

For the time being, I have to accept my car for what it is. It may be older and lacking of modern conveniences, but it holds an intangible value the other moms in the car line at school can't see.

Someday when I have a larger, newer car, I know there will be battles over what DVD my kids want to watch, and then I'll remember how my kids used to read books and talk to each other in the car.

Danielle Hauser is a married mother of two who lives in the Westchase area.

Comments

Tell Me About It: Fianceís abrupt breakup feels like a death

Fianceís abrupt breakup feels like a deathQ: Arriving from a work trip, I texted my fiance that I had would be home soon. He responded with, "I love you. Iíll bring home pizza for dinner." Thirty minutes later: "Actually, I canít be in a relationship...
Published: 12/17/17
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 18-24.

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of Dec. 18-24.

Gasparilla Bowl: The postseason college football game at Tropicana Field on Thursday brings Florida International University from Conference USA to play the Temple Owls from the American Athletic Conference. ($40-$80). gasparillabowl.com. The 8 p.m....
Updated: 12 hours ago

Tell Me About It: Thrown off by sudden, no-gift Christmas

Thrown off by sudden, no-gift ChristmasI am meeting part of my family for an early Christmas celebration. Five days out, my cousin e-mails everyone to say she will only be giving a present to her mom and our grandparents. She is skipping our aunt, my...
Published: 12/14/17
Plan your weekend Dec. 15-17: Katy Perry, boat parades, Star Wars parties, comics Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Carbonaro

Plan your weekend Dec. 15-17: Katy Perry, boat parades, Star Wars parties, comics Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Carbonaro

Superstar Katy Perry: In the ever-escalating arms race to be the most eye-popping pop star on the planet, sometimes you have to call in for backup. Even if you’re Katy Perry. When plotting her lavishly spectacular Witness Tour, which arrives i...
Published: 12/13/17
Updated: 12/14/17
Top things to do this week: Star Wars parties, comics Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Carbonaro

Top things to do this week: Star Wars parties, comics Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Carbonaro

NEW HOPE: Star Wars partiesWith the opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the force of fan excitement is strong, so of course there are Star Wars parties this weekend. The giant movie complex Riverview 14 GDX is having celebration with characters from...
Published: 12/13/17
5 things to do under $5: Gasparilla Bowl beach day, Hanukkah on Ice, boat parades

5 things to do under $5: Gasparilla Bowl beach day, Hanukkah on Ice, boat parades

1 Battle at the Beach: The Gasparilla Bowl is coming to Tropicana Field on Dec. 21, but before that the bands, cheerleaders and dance teams from Florida International University and Temple University will have a day of beach-related games and competi...
Published: 12/13/17
6 gift ideas for grandparents and grandchildren to spend more time together

6 gift ideas for grandparents and grandchildren to spend more time together

A grandparent can be a tough person to buy a Christmas gift for. Likewise, many grandparents are stumped on what to get the kids besides some cash. Why not make your Christmas gift something you both want more of: more time together making memories. ...
Published: 12/13/17

Tell Me About It: Leave gender out of division of housework

Leave gender out of division of houseworkWhy is it that when a woman cares about the division of labor at home ó like her home being a decent level of clean ó she is considered to be overreacting?OK, Iíll get down from my soap box now. (Iíll also bre...
Published: 12/13/17

Tell Me About It: Overwhelmed parent weighs out options

Overwhelmed parent weighs out optionsQ: Since my kids were born, my job basically covered the cost of day care. The kids came home overtired and overstimulated.As they became preschool age, I restructured my work to freelance so I could drop off and ...
Published: 12/12/17

Tell Me About It: Identity of biological father is revealed

Identity of biological father is revealedQ: When I was 18, my mother revealed that the father I grew up with was not my biological father. She claimed she didnít even know my bio father, and never contacted him again after their brief weekend fling a...
Published: 12/11/17