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Pride in My Ride

It comes as no shock to my readers that I drive a minivan.  What you may not know is that my minivan has a name.   It is aptly referred to by my family as “The Mother Ship”.   She is the third Mother Ship minivan in my fleet.

At the touch of a button, the back hatch opens and closes automatically, while displaying an array of extra terrestrial beeps, noise, and blinking lights, not unlike a spaceship.  On a personal level, her other name is “Sylvia”, because she is silver-colored, and because the built in navigational system has a female voice.

To help me identify my Swagger Wagon in a universe full of look-a-like silver minivans, I have deliberately tagged mine with distinctive decorations which include a “United Federation of Planets” bumper sticker, a Star Fleet Academy logo on the back window, and a silhouette of the U.S.S. Enterprise on the side window.   The Mother Ship indeed.  It helps that I’m a fan of Star Trek and sci-fi in general. This also fulfills my responsibility as a mother to embarrass my teenage children in public.  Despite my outward tendency toward nerdiness, I take pride in my ride as I cuise the open road with my children across the galaxy on our travels, seeking out new life and new civilizations.

Sadly, I know that someday my minivan days may be behind me. Then I’ll opt for another sweet ride like one of these limited edition cars.  My teenage daughter is currently saving up to buy her first car and has been eyeballing some of the sporty wheels from Scion.  Her first car will no doubt be nicknamed alien escape pod.

Do you have a name for your vehicle?  And what would you call your teen getaway pod?

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August 1, 2012   1 Comment