Follow-Up: MINIVANS AND DEPRESSION (coincidence?)

18 Aug

Ew, minivans.

Well, well, well.  To say that you have “feelings” about minivans would be like saying you all have “feelings” about pedophiles.  WOWSA!  Since I started Higher Highs, Lower Lows about 14 months ago, never have I seen such a response to any topic – not spanking, working outside the home or even the crazy Chinese dragon mother.  Well done, team HHLL.  We are officially that shallow.

I just want to follow-up on the topic of minivans with some of my thoughts since you’ve all written in.

1.  I really the like the Swagger Wagon video.  It is brilliant.

2. But……I still don’t want a minivan.  In fact, your ire and arduous attempts at persuasion have perhaps made me even more anti than ever.

3. That’s not to say I’ll never drive one.  I may at some point be forced to get behind the wheel of an Odyssey, but I can promise you this: I will hate every minute of it.

4. I can’t seem to get my panties unwadded after being accused of being less than a “real” mom for having only one child.  It might be a permanent condition.

5. I’m mortified that my dad called me to the carpet about our childhood vehicle.  Apologies: It was a Dodge Ram van, not an Econoline. *blush*

As for my interview on the radio yesterday, it went well!  In case you weren’t able to catch it, the podcast should be posted here within the next couple days.  Stay tuned.


14 Responses to “Follow-Up: MINIVANS AND DEPRESSION (coincidence?)”

  1. Anon August 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    Your controversy wednesday post about breastfeeding got more commets 🙂

    • jaimeclewis August 18, 2011 at 2:36 pm #

      Really, ANONYMOUS? You actually went back and counted the comments on that post? Really?


  2. Husband August 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    Guess what I’m coming home with tonight??

  3. Randy August 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

    Well, I own a Toyota Sienna and it is actually comfortable. Though we don’t have any little one’s at home, it was great for hauling 4 teenagers to Shaver Lake last week!

  4. J.C August 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

    lol if I didn’t have as many kids as I do (3) there is no way I’d have even considered a mini-van! Enjoy regular cars if you can 🙂

  5. Monika August 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    What a great interview. (Plus it was neat to hear the weather report for SLO. Golly, I miss that town.) Thank you so much for vocalizing your experience. You have helped so many women. Your blog has helped me TREMENDOUSLY through he last 5 months. It’s also taught me to have a sense of humor through it all.

  6. Lena August 19, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    You really got flak for not being a “real mom” because you only have one? I may have missed this if it was in a post, but I’d really love to hear more about it.
    Also, we have been avoiding the minivan as well and I was delighted to read that you were drawn to the same vehicles we were – the RAV4 and the CRV…I don’t think we’re ready to make a decision yet, but the ford focus is going to only last so long. Thanks for your blog – it’s been a great support during pregnancy and while mucking through the last 7 fun, terrible, exhausting, exhilarating months.

  7. g-mama August 19, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    Woah. Now I have to pitch my mommy-mobile. I’m rocking a 2009 Hyundai Tuscon and I LOVE IT. They call it the back pack and since that is what I carried in place of a big ol pink shiny diaper bag it was more appropriate than a big ol box with sliding doors (the key selling feature of the mini-van my 7 year old wants desperately- my toddler could care less). No, I have a very hard time justifying the 7 to 10 less miles per gallon while I am trying to teach my children conservation and responsibility. And for those of you who would suggest that isn’t enough: my daughter and I use the city bus when we can. She loves it because we can snuggle or read or look out the window at the world together on our commute to her school. Now that’s a cool van 🙂

  8. Camille August 23, 2011 at 11:21 am #

    I found your blog through Tim and Debra’s, and really enjoyed reading it and getting a glimpse into your life! You are the second friend I know that has/had PPD. The other friend I have says she has never met anyone else who has struggled with it and I know she will really appreciate reading your thoughts.
    As far as the minivan goes…I think I want one…just not the gas bill. We mainly drive a prius but I’m thinking it’s going to get really tight with two.

    • jaimeclewis August 23, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

      I’m so glad you found me, Camille! Please let your friend know that I’m always up for commiserating on PPD. Nice to see you yesterday.

  9. Gina Mason August 24, 2011 at 7:58 am #

    Love your posts, Jaime! I’m a fan of my Nissan Murano that I cart my two kids around in. As one of 7 kids myself, I vowed to never own a “blue box” like I was hauled around in as a kid. Funny thing….not one of us kids have EVER bought a van for our own children! 🙂

  10. Katie Mitchell Spiller August 25, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    I really, really don’t like minivans either, Jaime. Luckily my hubby didn’t care…so we drive a SUV/crossover.
    I’m the one who struggled with PPD. Not just a little bit, but had a SEVERE case of it. I know what you are going through. I have an awesome recommendation for a councelor. She specializes in PPD and is a strong Christian woman. Please contact me if you ever want to chat!
    ~Katie 748-2696

    P.S. I know this may sound weird….did your husband ever work at APS Document Management Group? I did…I think I recognize Jacob from working there….

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