It’s funny – last week my friend Bethany wrote about how she & her husband flew to Nebraska to pick up a car, and she mentioned that it’s their fourth vehicle. Assuming their young daughter doesn’t drive, that’s two each. I could sit back and be jealous of that, because right now Travis & I only have one car. That’s not each, it’s one car total.
But the thing is, I’m happy with our current one-vehicle statue. Yes, it means I can’t just pick up and go someplace if I want to. I have to seriously think about it before I go to the store or the library, and plan around his schedule. But the up side to this is that I’m not tempted when lunch time rolls around to just run to a fast food chain (my biggest weakness). I actually made a salad for myself today, in fact. I also have to plan ahead for running to the store, and that’s a good thing because it forces me to write down a list, check ads, plan meals, knowing that I won’t have a chance to run to the store four to five times in a week.
Strangely enough, I am not that different from my sister’s situation. While I live in a metropolitan community, with everything at my disposal, I can’t get there easily. She, on the other hand, lives in the middle of South Dakota, a.k.a. the middle of nowhere, and has to plan for major shopping trips ahead of time. She and her husband also have one car, because most of the time they are going in the same direction (and he works next door to their house at the church).
We’ve been contemplating getting a second car, now that we live several miles from the church, but that’s a lot of expense to take on – payments, insurance, upkeep. We’ll see what happens with it. Anyone have a car they just want to give us? 🙂 I’m not in a hurry, and I don’t think Travis is, either. And that’s ok for now. I can always drive him to church in the morning if I need the car, which just requires me getting out of bed. Hmm, that might be a problem…
bethany actually said:
I feel compelled to explain our four cars!
One of our cars is a 1967 MGB, a finicky British sports car that has to be complimented and treated to dinner and a movie before it will start. Also it tends to overheat. Troy’s dad bought it in 1982, and Troy bought it from him for $1,000 when he was in his early 20s. We have gone back and forth many, many times about whether we should get rid of it, because we rarely drive it (though there have been periods when it was Troy’s main car!), it’s not terribly safe, and it only holds two passengers. We always end up keeping it for the sentimental reasons. 🙂 Then we also have the Porsche, a 2006 Toyota Sienna, and a 2004 Saturn ION. The only one we’re making payments on, though, is the minivan.
What’s funny is that we have gone through periods in our marriage where we only had one car too! Or only one working car, anyway. 🙂