Once you have had a car for a while, it starts to get lived in. It gets dirty, it may start to smell like old French fries. No matter how hard I try I always end up dropping a few fries in the cracks of no return. I can’t tell you how many time Noah has thrown up in the car or how many times he has spilled something when he was younger. The wear and tear definitely can add up. Mom cars are gross.
There’s always some kind of mystery stain that you have no idea what it is. There’s also a crumb desert in the cracks of the seats.
You don’t make it to true mom status until you find a week old bottle or sippy cup under your seat. You wonder where the stench is coming from, but you can’t figure it out. Your car starts taking on its own personality. You may become ashamed of having others who don’t have kids in your car. You don’t want them to see the ketchup stains, the coffee you spilled a week ago while you were waiting for the car line to move. You have random items of clothing in your car. You lose your little one’s socks or shoes depending on what they took off that day.
I remember when I was in a friend’s car and she had a melted crayon on the floor in the backseat. I learned very early in my mom career to never leave crayons in the car. It seems like common sense but crayons are great kid distractors. You may drive an older car, so it doesn’t really matter. You have probably been putting off a new car for a few years. Moms tend to put their family’s needs before their own. Maybe you were saving for a down payment but something came up as it always seems to do.
You don’t even have to get a new car, there are so many great used cars that are out there. It’s time to think of mom and get rid of the dump truck and start your summer with a new or used car. You definitely deserve it. Remember that it’s really important that you have a good reliable car to transport your kids to school, practices and everywhere else they need to go. You don’t want to end up stranded on the side of the road.