Daily Archives: April 4, 2012

Test drive

This post is inspired by
Mama’s Losin’ It

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I always wanted a minivan.

When I was in high school I took bus #5. It dropped me off just around the corner. Right by the bus stop was a store and the owner would deliver to it every morning in his Pontiac Transporter. To me it was the most amazing vehicle ever. I wanted one so bad. I could put my skis in the back and my bike. There would still be plenty of space for my friends and my dog too. I imagined driving it, taking it on vacations and even moving into it. In case you are too young to know which car I am talking about, it was just like this one:

They were rare in Europe so I never got one. I did however buy myself a car as soon as I got my driving license. A brand new sports car. Followed by another. And then three more. But all along I dreamed of a minivan.

One day I went to a dealership. I was a flight attendant in the Middle East, single and in my twenties. I pulled up in my custom made Audi and walked in. The salesman ask if he could help me and I told him I was looking to buy a new car. He was going to show me the two seater but I zoomed in on a minivan. A black Chrysler Town and Country. He looked at me and quietly grabbed the keys. We drove off and as I was trying to reach the pedals and look graceful he was trying to make small talk.

“Madam, how man children you have?”

“Children?” I looked at the rear view mirror and realized there are 5 seats behind me. “Hmm… Three.”

“Very good. Most European women, they wait too long. It is better to have children young.”

“Yes, you are right. Much better.”

“This minivan very popular with drivers. Many families buy it. You have three children. How many nannies?”

“Hmmm. Nannies? One.”

“Only one?”

“Yes, she is from back home. Lovely girl.”

“I see. And your driver, he drop children to school?”

“Hmmm. Sure.”

” They will like this minivan. Very popular. Now take this turn left and we go back to saloon. I show you the new SUV for you. Or you like sports car better?”

It dawned on me there and then. Not only was I the first single woman who wanted to buy a minivan at this dealership I was the first woman ever.

I bought a BMW instead. A month later I met a man with a BMW. He liked my car me so much he married me. And many years later he bought me the same kind of minivan I took for a test drive that day.

I snapped this with my phone two days ago. Aren’t they perfect?