After learning that we would soon have three children living in our house, Mrs. Cutter and I realized our lives were about to change.
We knew that major adjustments would have to be made, and we weren’t exactly thrilled about some of them. One of the most distressing moments of my life was when I realized we would soon fall below a 1:1 person-to-bathroom ratio.
Mrs. Cutter dealt with this better than I did for the most part. But she nearly lost it when she realized that we’d need to trade in one of our cars and purchase a minivan.
To her, driving a minivan is the ultimate surrender of whatever coolness we might have once possessed For me, that act of surrender came a few years ago when I traded in my convertible for a CR-V. The CR-V has served as somewhat of a gateway van, making this transition much easier to handle.
She tried to find a way to make the CR-V still work, but no amount of hoping and wishing could make three car seats fit in the backseat. Like it or not, we would soon be minivan owners.
We narrowed our purchasing choices down to the Toyota Sienna and the Honda Odyssey. We test drove them both, and either would have worked, but we finally settled on the Odyssey. The deciding factor was that the Odyssey was more accommodating for three car seats, but it didn’t hurt that we really liked the Honda dealer.
If you’re in Maryland and want to buy a Honda, we recommend seeing David Tran at Criswell Honda. He was friendly, patient, and unlike the Toyota dealer, he didn’t call us at 9:30 in the morning asking when we’d be stopping by. I’ve had bad experiences with car dealers in the past, so dealing with David was a refreshing change of pace.
Although after watching this video, I’m a bit worried that we should have gone with the Toyota Sienna. It is apparently the much cooler vehicle:
Her parents might not have been all that thrilled about getting a minivan, but the Cutlet was ecstatic. When we pulled into the driveway with our new ride, her eyes lit up in delight.
“Yaaaaaay!” she squealed with glee before insisting on taking an immediate ride. She was disappointed when Mrs. Cutter drove her to school on Monday morning because it meant that she wouldn’t get to ride in it.
I guess I can understand the appeal. She’s got a lot of space in the backseat (Don’t get used to it, kid), and she gets to open and close the automatic doors by herself. To a three-year old, a car like that is about the coolest thing there is.
So in just a few short years, I’ve gone from cruising around in my convertible to trying to squeeze my van into parking spots that seem increasingly smaller. (Seriously, I’m having a hell of a time parking this thing.) But that’s what parenthood will do to you.
Nobody said we got to remain cool forever, right?
At least I’ll be able to transport my family around in comfort. Now all I need to do is to install another toilet in our home, and then I’ll be set!