Sunday, July 13, 2008

Good-bye, Guilt-filled weekends!

While I realize that I will certainly have an enormous amount of guilt to overcome in a month about how I will be spending my Monday through Friday, I am jumping up and down with joy right now about guilt-free Saturdays.

Yes, people: We are officially a two-car family once again.

Living with one car was admirable. It was green. It was even a bargain.

But, with a husband who's gone 12 to 13 hours a day, two restless toddlers and piles of errands each week, life was just a bit -- I can say this now -- crazy.

Life will be so much easier now despite the cash flow loss.

First, I've got wheels -- every. single. day. And, I'm not afraid to use them, folks. No, I will be using them.

Second, my dear husband who has walked in the rain, sleet and snow to catch a bus that doubled -- sometimes tripled -- his commute time will have more flexibility to take a morning off, an afternoon off or just run home to help for an appointment. This has been impossible over the last two years. He was gone by 6, more recently 7, and not home until 6 or later.

Thirdly, and most importantly, who ever is home with the kids on Saturday or Sunday isn't stuck at home with the kids anymore. I can go out on a Saturday morning and take my time and not feel GUILTY that they are all stuck at home instead of going out to the park or whatever.

America is just not ready for less cars, which is why we're all buying hybrids. It's a shame, really, that employers aren't more flexible for one-car families.

Now, what will we do with our wheels all week????

Edited to clarify: We did not buy a hybrid but we did get a very nice efficient Hyundai.

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lesleysmeshly said...

Yay!!! Congratulations! Have fun with all your new found freedom.

Shannon said...

Wheels! Yeah! Have fun and remember: drive-thru's are your friend. :-)

Dana a/k/a Sunshine said...

Glad you got another car. That would be difficult to deal with just one. Yea!!!!

Sorry I haven't visited in some time. I took a blogging break. But I'm back now, with a new public blog. Hope to see ya soon :)

Mary Ann said...

Oh my, wheels are so great to have once you've gone without them for awhile. Enjoy!

Threeundertwo said...

I know exactly what you mean about guilt-free weekends. Daddy often takes the kids on hikes or whatever while I get in some important errands (like window-shopping). I don't know what we'd do without this flexibility.

Congratulations on your new car!

Claroux said...

wow. i had no idea you were car-less. i would lose. my. mind. if i had to spend my days alone with the girls without transport. especially since i live in the middle of nowhere and nothing is within walking distance. no wonder you pulled out the body paint activity!!!! although, i do fin myself getting more creative with my twins re: at home activities since the price of gas has gotten so insane. it's just to expensive to go places with them all the time for entertainment.

MomOf3 said...

Enjoy your new freedom!! We have toyed with the idea of going to one car, but we have not for many of the reasons you have listed here.

bella said...

Enjoy the new wheels and this lovely no guilt freedom they offer.
And put up some pics. :)