Minivan Marvels: A Holiday Shopping Reminder

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Tis the season to be jolly…

I’ve been doing a lot of running around lately; shopping for presents and food, going to the post office, and all the other errands that come with the preparation of celebrating this special holiday. And so is everyone else. This time of year is crazy, just straight chaos.

But I want to talk about something in particular. Over and over I’ve been astonished by parking spot thieves. You know who I’m talking about. You’re sitting there with your blinker on waiting for a car to back out and out of nowhere some sly, selfish, son of b**** slides into your spot. Or maybe you both get there at the same time and look at each other as if politely saying, “Oh, excuse me, I thought this spot was free.” And they say “No, go ahead, you take it.” Except they don’t say that… they glance at you quickly and speed in pretending they didn’t even see you.

Well…. I’ve got something to say to you parking spot thieves…

Did you ever consider who you just cut off? You drive in with your sporty, little, single person car and snatch a spot from a minivan! Boy, you’ve got nerve! Did you consider how long it took for that minivan mom to rally up all her kids just to get them in the car?! Or the endless whining and fighting of the kids on the way to the store? Or the screaming cry of an infant who was woken up from a nap to run said errands? Did you consider that that mom has to haul all of those kids into the store, now from 50 feet further? Fifty feet doesn’t sound like a big deal to you? Well then, how about you walk 50 feet after just giving birth 2 weeks ago. How about you carry a 30 lb car seat while chasing after 2 other children trying to keep them from getting run over by the SUV with no back-up cam. Fifty feet sounds a lot longer now, doesn’t it?

So the next time you’re driving around the parking lot searching for a spot, consider who you’re cutting off. Look at that mom with the greasy top knot, look through her windshield, way into the back seat or even rows… and think, “Do I really need this spot more than that mom with her car-full of kids?” The answer is no. It’s always no.

This holiday season, give back by parking further away if you’re running errands alone or with grown children. Reserve those close spots for the mom brave enough to weather the shopping list. And while you’re at it, give her a round of applause, because that is worthy of celebration.

-Erica

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