It has finally happened. I am officially a family man. Even though I have been for 8 years, I just now have been granted my minivan.
What is scary as a young man, even a young parent...You will do anything to avoid the dreaded minivan. Then finally, before too long it becomes a necessity.
I have four kids. My son Jeffrey from my previous marriage is 8 years old. My daughter Jayden from a failed relationship is 1 year old. I also have 5 month old twins, Justine and Joseph, with my current girlfriend. (Yeah, yeah...Keep it to yourself!)
As you can probably guess, the average car no longer does the trick, especially if we ALL have to go somewhere. Until today we had to take two cars if we had all the kids. Even still, when my girlfriend has her three kids from her previous marriage (ages 12, 10 and 9), that brings the total number of children up to seven. Seven kids and two adults. Outside of purchasing a bus a minivan will do the trick. However, we will still have to take two vehicles if we have all the kids as nine people can't fit in a minivan.
All that being said, the most frightening thing is that I'm actually excited to have this minivan! I never thought it would happen. I've driven a Camero Z28, a Mustang GT, a couple RX7's and an assortment of SUV's and trucks. I still have my Yamaha R1 and now I want to hold on to that more than ever! I can't let it all go, I'm only 31!
The first thing I did after I took the van for a drive around the block was put my NRA Member sticker on the back. It may be a minivan but it will be a MANLY minivan. No soccer ball sticker here folks...Not going to happen. How many points does this take off my man card anyhow? Or does it? Since it is a Caravan Sport with a V6 instead of a 4Cyl.
That's all for now. I'll see you at the mall!