We bid a fond farewell to our Honda Odyssey (onetime nickname: Homer), which we'd had for almost 11 years. We bought the minivan when I was so pregnant I couldn't get behind the wheel much less test drive it; they were born about 3 weeks later. We brought them home from the hospital in that car, drove around for endless car naps almost to Massachusetts and back while discussing all manner of things (often after church on a Sunday), and went on several family trips, before we switched to Mama's 2011 Subaru Outback for travel. I loved listening to my music (too loud) and toodling around town, with my rainbow MOM bumper sticker on the back (it even attracted attention from other lesbians once in awhile, who would give thumbs up or comment at lights!) I almost didn't have music--early on, Sis "fed" quarters in the CD player, stopping the whole system, which was still covered by the warranty and a recall, by just days.
And now I have a jasmine green 2015 Subaru Forester, which sits and drives a lot like my Honda and is roomier than Mama's Outback. I like that it's partial zero emissions and gets better fuel mileage; Mama is glad that it has four-wheel drive for ice and snow (if we ever get that again.) I was really impressed at how well (and hard) she drove a bargain--they tried a few things, but she stuck to the price and got us a good deal. I was a bit sad to say goodbye to my MOM bumper sticker; they don't make them anymore. But I added the one below this morning and it gives my car some character.
Otherwise, I almost had a mild heart attack when I realized: this is the car the twins will learn to drive in not too long from now.