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The death of the mini van and the declining value of Motherhood

Today I read a editorial from the Chicago Tribune (clickable link)<a href ="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/shopping/chi-0601290218jan29,1,597861.story?coll=chi-ent_shopping-hed">The Death of the Mini Van</a> and was truly saddened by what appears to be a tremendous lack of respect and esteem for what is truly one of the world’s most important and vital jobs today, Parenthood.


The following paragraph is especially telling to me, as a Mom of 5. 


"But a mini-van was never the car you wanted; it was the car you needed, especially after that second baby came along. It was a concession to adult sensibilities, with carpool seating and room to stow a double stroller. It screamed "Married, With Children," and it pretty much guaranteed the driver’s days of being scoped out at stoplights by the opposite sex were over. It was a bitter, bitter pill.

A Brat Box. A Parent Trap. A Barneymobile."


Since when is "Married, With Children"  a bad thing? (It is not referring the the TV show after all.)  Marriage is a wonderful thing and children are a blessing that come from Lord.  They are not "a bitter, bitter pill." 


Scripture is clear that what the editorial refers to as "concession to adult sensibilities" really seem to be what God supports and blesses and admonishes us to do. 


Scriptures says,

"He who finds a wife finds a good thing,
      And obtains favor from the LORD."

         ~Proverbs 18:22 (NKJV)


"3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD,
         The fruit of the womb is a reward.
 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
         So are the children of one’s youth.
 5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
         They shall not be ashamed,
         But shall speak with their enemies in the gate."

    ~Psalm 127:3-5 (NKJV)



"Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” "

     ~Genesis 1:28 (NKJV)


So with that, to the editor of the Chicago Tribune,


I love my mini van and my big van. I love that they tell the world that there is a Mom driving her children around. I think the absolute most important job in the world is represented by a mini-van. I wear my Mom badge with honor and pride. No one can take care of my children like I can, their Mom. If that is what my van says about me, WONDERFUL.

Now are there days that I long to drive a little car around, yes, but truth be told, those days will return to me much too fast. After the children are grown and I have no diapers left to change, no car seats left to install, then I can have my black Mustang, but until then, I will drive my mini van knowing that both my hands and my heart are full, as well as my mini van!!!




Wife to one wonderful husband,

Mom to a Full House – 2 Kings and 3 Queens,

Driver of one Wonderfully Full Dodge Grand Caravan and a Big Blue 15 Passenger Ford F350 Van



8 comments to The death of the mini van and the declining value of Motherhood

  • hippiechyck

    you go girl!!!

    and mini vans have been hippie wheels for way long πŸ˜‰


  • TeachNMomma

    I really enjoyed your post. I totally agree with you in reagrds to the article you read. I, too, feel very proud to drive around my Dodge LE Caravan. It does scream Married with Children, but I am proud of that, too. πŸ™‚ I am a married mother of 4. I didn’t want a minivan at first, but after driving it and seeing how wonderful it was…I wouldn’t trade if for anything except another one.

    More people need to be “Married with children.”

    God Bless

  • DandelionSeeds

    AMEN! Beautiful post! Found you through random blogging… nice to meet you! Have a great weekend!



  • amysue

    I, too, love my minivan …. and it has lots of cooler features than sports cars or sedans! Double sliding doors that open with a button!

  • berrymorin

    As a former auto employee we reported the death of the mini van years ago. It seems people didn’t want to drive a vehicle that screamed ‘I have kids’.

  • KarlaAkins

    Did they write back?

    Our society worships freedom from responsibility. They look back all the time to the days of being single as if those were the best days of their lives! I am so thankful my quiver and van are full! Thanks for posting!


  • Multigenerational

    Thanks for your post on my blog. I love the idea of “house-stalking”–had quite a chuckle over that!

  • Kathy

    I will always have one, or an SUV or something like that. Even when my dc are grown! You know why? Because by then, I want to be driving around all the grandbabies!!! πŸ™‚

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