Mom Life, View from the chair

Evolution of the ride…

hondaPicture it…1988 and I was given my first car. My mom “bought” it for $1 from her boss at work. It was a 1980 Honda Civic. Brown. Two doors. Bad radio. Crank windows. Two speakers in the front. To me it was FREEDOM!

But this didn’t phase me. This meant no more walking or riding the school bus. This brown box got me to school, my retail job in the next town and even to my prom. Let me just say my date was 6.5 and my dress was this gigantic fluff…after all it was 1988. The dress and the date took up most of the car. I ran the tires off of that thing the summer before I went away to school. Life was so simple. Scrounging around for change to put gas in it and I was off! Driving barefoot with the speakers cranked jamming out to Bon Jovi! Life was simple.

My ride has since evolved over the years. I had a Dodge Omni, I had a Geo Metro and I even had a Jeep Cherokee. My favorite was a RED Ford Escape fully loaded. Oh, the joys.

Fast forward to now. I am a wife. A mother. A teacher. An adult. I pay my bills. I grocery shop with a list. I do the laundry. I make meals. I kiss boo-boos. When Little Girl came to live with us I found no one had a vehicle big enough to take a family and extras like grandma’s or aunts. Alas, the need for the mom van! It was THE best decision we made. I knew I wanted captain seats to make belting in a car seat easier. I also wanted A/C. What God provided was a tricked out van with all sorts of bells and whistles. Stow and go seating. Dual heat and A/C. This has been a lifesaver as I am always cold and my husband runs warm. Even Little Girl has her own control to adjust her air or heat. Loads of room for family and friends. Mission accomplished! yoita

Now I would like to think Van life is not eternal. I picture Little Girl driving off to college in the MOM VAN. Me and the hubs…well we got our eye on a nice red convertible to celebrate!


  1. My first car was a white mini, my pride and joy, the locks were so dodgy, that once when I couldn’t find my keys, my sister opened the door with her car Ariel key#fortheloveofblog@_karendenbid199@gmail is

  2. I would love a MOM VAN. It’s so perfect when you have kids.
    LOL! I am trying to picture Little Girl driving off to college in the MOM VAN!


  3. I am liking the idea of a red convertible ๐Ÿ™‚ It is so funny how our car choices change as we get older… especially when we become parents and take the sensible option! Can’t believe your mum bought your first car for $1, that is crazy! Sim x #PoCoLo

  4. $1 for a car? Bargain! My first car was a Xmas gift from my mum & dad. A black Vauxhall Corsa & I absolutely loved it. It was falling to bits in the end & it absolutely broke my heart to get rid of it. Still havenโ€™t found a car that can handle snowy hills like it though! Loving the idea of a red convertible! Xx

    1. beachchairtracy

      In my state you can’t “give away” a car so the made a bill of sale for $1. A car for Christmas is not a bad deal either. Somehow junky cars handle weather better. I think because we have no fear if we bump into a snow bank or a pole. Drive safe!

  5. What a difference fro. The first present. Grown with your life I guess X #pocolo

  6. Haha! My first car was a wreck but I loved it Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    1. beachchairtracy

      I had no fear driving in the snow because the car was a junk. Now I drive like an old lady as I don’t want a repair bill!

  7. I love this. $1!! That’s amazing! My car choices have evolved during the years too, and I also drive a Mama-mobile. I confess I love it though, it’s so practical. I think by the time my boys have flown the nest we’ll have self-driving cars, but perhaps I can book myself a convertible experience day to celebrate! Thanks for sharing with #Blogstravaganza ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. beachchairtracy

      I like that term mama-mobile! That is a good one. Oh I hate to think of self-driving cars but you are right…they are coming!

  8. Vicky

    Looks like an amazing car choice! #fortheloveofBLOG

  9. fun to look back like this sometimes. My first car had a turbo engine and went up to 180 MPH. Pretty stupid choice. I’m much more practical now. My truck has about 160K miles on it and one of the biggest reasons I’m hesitant to replace it is that I’m not sure new vehicles still have CD players #thatfridaylinky

    1. beachchairtracy

      That’s funny! A turbo engine. Nice. I don’t think mine could crack 60 with the radio playing!

  10. Rosie

    I can remember a jalopy in high school that I used to get to a job, but don’t remember too much about it. The first car I bought was a used Honda Civic, they were good cars even way back then, and not very expensive. I love this mom van.

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