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Mom Misses Minivan!

Today is “Photo Friday,” a term you hear a lot in the blogosphere which sometimes translates into “I didn’t have time to write a real post; will this do?”

So here’s the (short) story of how a “suburban soccer mom” moved on past her minivan days, and now lives a life of regret (sort of).

I turned 40 recently, and vowed to get rid of the minivan. It was doing a disservice to my street cred. So we traded in our reliable yet aging Honda Odyssey for a sporty Mazda CX-9, and now I… sniff…miss it!

Honda OdysseyWe never named our 2002 Honda Odyssey, but she served us well.  150,000 miles, and lots of sweet memories of road trips, drive-in movies, and bringing The Girl home from the hospital!

Kids in minivanOne of my all-time favorite pics of the kids, while on our way to swim at North Beach in Burlington, VT. Both of them happy…at the same time!

Mazda CX-9So here’s the new sporty roadster, also unnamed. I do look good in this car, and it drives like a dream; I just miss the roominess of the minivan! p.s. This is a stock photo; I do not live near an abandoned warehouse.

 Have you ever become emotionally attached to a car, or missed one after you’ve moved on to a new one?


  1. Fiona said,
    July 2, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

    I had a Honda Pilot we called the Big Green Machine, leather seats (heated) and cup holders galore! Then gas started going up and with just 3 of us we didn’t need the room so we traded it in for a smaller Honda. I missed it for years so when it was time to get a new car we got another Honda Pilot – in green! Long live the Big Green Machine – king of the cup holders and warm buns.

  2. wendyvee said,
    July 2, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    Darn. I thought the abandoned warehouse was going to contain some giant unseen roadside attraction 🙂

  3. pktessler said,
    July 3, 2010 @ 6:47 am

    The biggest shock was trading in the two seater in preparation for motherhood. I still miss my CRX! It was my first new car. It was black, and fast.

  4. Lisa said,
    July 3, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

    I had a sporty Saturn SC2 back in the day that I loved! I remember filling the tank for $13 & driving awhile before filling it back up! It was so small & fit very little, but who cared, right?

  5. Mike said,
    July 6, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    My ’87 Monte Carlo was pretty much the best car ever. Stolen out from under my nose by car thieves who at least had good taste.

  6. Sam said,
    November 12, 2010 @ 11:20 pm

    Although I’m only a 20-year-old college student, I understand why you miss your van. In high school, I drove my parent’s 1990 Chevrolet Lumina. It went by many names, including “The Weenie Mobile” and “The Silver Bullet.” My parents eventually let me drive their minivan, which I believe was a Chevrolet Venture, which went I proudly called “The Big Sexy Van.” Isn’t it weird to think that something as simple as your car can make so many memories? I recently blogged about this too, so I really enjoyed reading this post. Your blog is great!

    • Traci Suppa said,
      November 13, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Sam! I drove my parents’ Chevy Camaro in high school. I thought I was hot stuff. Sadly, no one else did!