My Minivan Is Cooler Than Your SUV

Michelle
1187 days ago.

I consider myself to be a fairly normal middle class woman in my early 30’s; I have a husband of almost 10 years, 2 kids, 1 dog, 1 cat and a mortgage in rural St. Charles County. My high school and college glory days are a mere memory of a different place; a wrinkle in time that promised a lot of life lessons in exchange for a whole lot of fun. Back then, the most important decision I made revolved around my class schedule; did I really want to sign up for that 10am class? THREE WHOLE DAYS per week for a WHOLE SEMESTER of being up by 9:50am? (Just for the record, I’d currently give my right kidney to have this luxury. Heck, I’d give that same kidney for 10-15 minutes of quiet alone time. But I digress). Of all the fond memories I have of this carefree chapter in my life, there is one piece that I would not want to re-live – that feeling of being constantly under the microscope and being judged by all of my friends for each and every small decision I made. Wait! Was that shirt I wore to last night’s party a complete fashion disaster? Did I purchase this season’s formal gown in the correct color? Why did Sarah look at me like that in class? She hates me for sure. My life is over.

Certainly nearly all of us have experienced similar circumstances at some point in our life. And as I continue down this overrated amazing road of adulthood, I know I don’t miss that stuff. And after I finished school, I didn’t deal with it for a long time; I reveled in my independence and the ability to wear my pajamas all weekend long without being judged by anyone other than my two small children. Until one day a few years ago – a day that will go down in infamy for being the day that I committed complete and utter mom social suicide.

I (gasp) purchased a minivan.

Grown women that I’ve known for years and whom hold down successful households, jobs, even small companies mocked me. “Ew! I can’t believe you became one of those moms! Why didn’t you just get an SUV?” or “Hey, where are your mom jeans to go with that minivan?!” or even worse “Are you going to put a stick family in the back window?” Gross. Just gross.

Mini van

I couldn’t believe it. I was being harassed, criticized even, for my choice of vehicle. Why such harsh opinions? It’s not like driving a minivan is illegal; I wasn’t hurting anyone, and I never suggested that anyone else be forced to drive it. (Except for my husband – he has to drive the minivan. But don’t feel too sorry for him – he secretly loves it!). I learned quickly that women in their late 20s and early 30s have varying degrees of acceptance of this society-labeled “Loser Cruiser.” I’m not a loser. I’m cool. Right? Right?? Oh Lord, help me – I’m turning into my mother.

Well, cool or not, I’m a grown woman, and I’m comfortable enough in my own skin to admit that my minivan offers several levels of convenience, safety, and just plain sweet options. It rivals any other car I’ve previously owned or even ridden in. My minivan is one of my current obsessions; I take comfort in the fact that if necessary, I could survive for days inside of it; if I get tired while I’m driving, no problem – I’ll simply pull over and nap in the back seat while I catch a movie on the built-in DVD Player and 9” screen. Lost my key inside my purse? No worries. I can just push start the engine and off I go. Went shopping and need to hide the evidence from my husband? Stow ‘N Go storage ROCKS!

By now I’m sure you’ve gathered that I am a loyal member of “Team Minivan”; I’m sure several of you readers will provide compelling arguments on behalf of “Team SUV.”

So before I give you my official “7 Reasons My Minivan is Cooler Than Your SUV”, I want you to weigh in – which team do you cheer for and why?

Then stay tuned for next week’s Part 2…

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Michelle

Michelle is a crazy-coupon-lady who loves getting things for free and believes that there is a fine line between hoarding and stockpiling. She’s also is a die-hard soccer & baseball Mom, and doesn’t understand why it’s socially unacceptable to run around barefoot all the time.

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14 thoughts on “My Minivan Is Cooler Than Your SUV”

  1. I love this topic! Not a mom and not a fan of mini vans! I used to have to drive my mom’s mini van in high school and it was horrible. I’m Team SUV and while I haven’t researched, I would guess you can get all that cool stuff in them as well. I’m interested to see all these reasons the mini van is better, although I don’t think it will ever get me to purchase one.

  2. I just got a minivan after driving my SUV for years. I love my minivan! I can pick up friends and take them along without hassle. Heck if my hubby drives I can sit in the back row that reclines and I could watch a movie with the kids on wireless headphones all while he listens to sports on the radio. Best move we’ve ever made was the cool minivan. We love it and it’s fits us perfectly.

  3. Ok I love all your blogs, so funny to read and relate too!! I have to say I am #teamsuv!! However I have a lot of friends with minivans and I love those too but this mom won’t be buying one anytime soon or ever. My SUV has 2 tv’s, headphones, I can leave my keys in my purse to get in my car and to start it! Lots of room, big, I sit up high, just perfect for me. The thing that I love about mini vans the doors, they open like magic and kids just jump inside! I love parking next to mini vans because I know my big ole SUV won’t get a door ding because of those amazing side doors! So as I appreciate the mini van moms for a lot of reasons I have to stick with the SUV mom’s!!
    Which is worse the stick figure family or the 3.1, 10k, 13.1, 26.2 stickers…

    1. Thanks Candi! I’m jazzed that you recognize the awesomeness of my favorite feature – the sliding doors! And I cannot stand those running stickers either….I saw someone that had a 0.0 sticker the other day and it cracked me up!

    1. MJ – your Subaru IS supercool….but not as cool as my minivan. Just sayin’. But in other news, I am still impressed that you change your own oil!

  4. I’m team minivan while I have young children but once they get their own cars…it’s back to team SUV. How many people do you know that keep a minivan after the kids are grown? No one wants a minivan…They need one.

    1. Glad to have another member of #teamminivan here! We’ll see how I feel in 10 years when my kiddos are driving; but right now I can’t imagine driving anything else!

  5. I’ve always said my kids can play soccer, but I’ll never be a “soccer mom.” I drove a minivan for a few months and hated every second of it. If it was between the two, I’d definitely be an SUV girl, but for now, my little car does just fine.

  6. Totally team minivan! We have hauled strollers, furniture, lumber, a tree and family members in our our van!! It only took us a few months after our first child to realize we wanted a van. I will be a minivan mom for a long time! And yes, I have the stupid family stickers! It was an on going joke with my husband and I that when we bought the van we would get them! So when I finished my first 1/2 marathon my sister had to complete my back windshield with the running sticker! I have nothing to hide!!!

  7. I Use To Build Minivans In Fenton,Missouri Chrysler Corp. “Plant 1 ( South) They Put Food On My Family Table!! We Had The Fastest Assembly Line In The World!! 🙁

  8. We just bought our first minivan today lol! We went from a Silverado and an Audi a4 to a Silverado and a dodge caravan lol mom mobile, kid hauler, loser cruiser? Whatever. I call it a swagger wagon lol

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