Before I had a kid, I would say absolutely, positively, are you crazy for thinking cars are actually good?! Now that I have a child, I have regrettably had to change my view point from the idealist who did not worry about daycare pick-ups without a car, long bus rides, grocery trips in the stroller and other things that annoy toddlers. I tried, I really did. But I’ve accepted personal defeat in attempting to get my curious guy to wait more than 15 minutes at the bus stop, to not have a tantrum on the bus, and to not be impatient waiting for a friend to pick us up from wherever.
Saddened and frustrated, I am tentatively embracing (used) cars. After not having one at all (we are a one car family) for over two weeks due to car trouble, I have relied on the grace and kindness of family and friends. But once I get my new-to-me car, I can show my son nature through hiking trails we could never reach before, I can pick him up at daycare and not wait outside for a ride with a tired, cranky toddler. I still dislike the idea of depending on oil and heartily hope that the green movement continues to grow and change people’s hearts about what we can do for the earth. And lastly, I hope when my son’s older, we can ditch the car and use an even more built up and connected public transportation system.