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#5 of 54 Give up for kids?
Jun 20, 2007 (11:32 am)
Heck, one of the reasons I stay single and childless is so I could have nicer things. Sure, it might seem selfish and materialistic, but I saw how much my Dad had to sacrifice for us kids. Having a nice car was just one thing. My Uncle Daniel who remained single always drove Cadillac DeVilles and Lincoln Continentals while my Dad had to make do with his far more mundane Fords.
It was already tough back in my Dad's day when employment and remaining married was much more certain. Today, children and marriage are best left to the very wealthy or those who like to live on the edge like Las Vegas gamblers. For 50% of the average slobs out there, children and marriage are a one way ticket to crushing poverty. I would only take the chance if they outlaw divorce.
#6 of 54 My mother...
Jun 20, 2007 (12:08 pm)
gave up a 1966 Pontiac Catalina convertible because of me. I was born in 1970, and in 1972, she swapped cars with my grandparents, who had a '68 Impala 4-door hardtop, and they traded her Catalina in on a new '72 Impala 4-door hardtop.
My Mom said that she didn't like the idea of driving a child around in a convertible, because of the safety issue. But another ugly truth is that my Dad started driving that car alot, and really ragged it out. From what Granddad told me, it was getting pretty worn out by the time it was 6 years old.
#7 of 54 Re: My mother... [andre1969]
Jun 21, 2007 (9:27 am)
When I was very young, my Dad bought mostly two-door cars as his figured young kids would open the back doors on four-door sedans and fall out while the car was moving. This was long before child safety locks came around.
#8 of 54 Re: My mother... [lemko]
Jun 21, 2007 (10:22 am)
My folks were like that on two doors when they could swing it. I think that was more my mom. Explains the 2 door station wagon.
I certainly gave up something when we expanded to more than two kids. It's wasn't exotic or a speed demon but the top came down! 1998 Chrysler Sebring convertible. The thing was a lower model done up like the higher model, which is to say you got all the doo dads but the upholstery was cloth. Infinity stereo - very nice.
For six months of the year it was a perfectly ordinary car with a good sound system. For the other six months it was exquisite.
Kid #3 - Odyssey....
#9 of 54 Re: My mother... [fezo]
Jun 21, 2007 (10:30 am)
My grandparents used to feel that way about cars, when my Mom and uncle were little kids, and also when they had foster kids. I think they had a 1949 Pontiac 2-door sedan, bought new, and then a used '52 Buick 2-door sedan. A Special, I'm guessing. I don't think you could get a 2-door sedan in the more upscale lineups. Then they bought a used '55 Pontiac, but it was a 4-door sedan. Then they had a brand-new 60 Chevy wagon, followed by a '65, and then the '68 Impala 4-door hardtop that my Mom ended up getting.
I remember Granddad talking about the old days once, and he said he got tired of those damn 2-door cars and having people have to crawl over you to get to the back seat, so he was glad when the kids got old enough to where they were smart enough to not open the back doors. Or, if they did, too bad for them!
Mom tended to prefer 2-door cars, as that Impala ultimately gave way to a '75 LeMans, a 1980 Malibu, and an '86 Monte Carlo, all 2-doors.
#10 of 54 Re: My mother... [andre1969]
Jun 21, 2007 (10:42 am)
I am sure that my days in the two door wagon led to my dislike of all things two doored except ones where the top comes down.
#11 of 54 1967 Pontiac Le Mans
Jun 22, 2007 (11:14 am)
My dad had a 67 Pontiac Le Mans 2 Door Coupe. I loved that car. It was Dark Gray with a Metal Flake. My dad always called it his GTO but we all knew better. It had one engine two transmissions and two different rear ends. I was 8 when he "sold" it. My sister was turning 16 soon and the insurance was going to triple. It was his daily driver during the summer. It also raced during a couple of times a year, hence the multiple gear sets. I have never gotten to drive it even though it is still in the "family."
Jun 26, 2007 (8:27 am)
It was my 2nd car, so it was more of a financial decision, than a practicality problem.
I told my wife I was thinking about it...
"Not sure if I should be driving a ten-year-old car that could possibly need a $5K repair bill, if it has engine problems."
"I agree, honey.. Maybe you should sell it, and we can save some money."
My child was born on a Friday.. The next Friday, my car was sold to a very nice judge with a new baby (?!).
The next Monday (3 days later), my wife says, "I'm not sure I can get by with a 2-door car with the baby. I really like that Acura Vigor."
One week later.. A new $29K Acura is sitting in my driveway.
It's only been 13 years... I am almost over it.. I swear..
#13 of 54 What we gave up...
Jun 26, 2007 (4:10 pm)
I gave up nothing My husband on the other hand gave up his 1991 Toyota Supra t-top. He was tired of me pulling into the garage and honking the horn to haul my 9mo. preggo body out from behind the wheel. A carseat in the back would have never made it. He traded it for a Saab convertible.
We did have to add a minivan to the household fleet though when baby #3 arrived. 3 kids, 2 dogs and house with a practical 4-door Camry, 1991 Volvo wagon (for the dogs) and Honda Odyssey (for the kids).
#14 of 54 Re: What we gave up... [Sylvia]
Jun 26, 2007 (4:36 pm)
Uh oh. No more Saab?.....
I'm starting to think about one of those....