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I would like to introduce everyone to my new baby. I am pleased to introduce

Serenity Eleanor*


It was a fairly quick labor – about 4.5 hours – and the pushing didn’t seem as bad as I’d expected (although really? I need a clear bra to protect my baby from insects?).

She’s a 2013 RAV4, and she’s practically perfect in every way.

I'm not excited at all.

I’m not excited at all.

I’d driven my Hyundai Elantra (2002) for almost exactly 12 years. It was a decent car. It was paid off. But it’s been acting a leetle funny lately. I’d been having some trouble shifting lately and thought maybe there was a mild quirk developing in the transmission. After the architect drove it on our camping adventure, he told me the clutch was going out. Apparently that is a Bad Thing. So, timing and finances worked out that I was able to take the day off work and go car shopping.

Serenity is a pretty basic model (can you say loss leader?), but she’s still fancier than my 2002 Elantra. The only thing that makes me sad is that she is an automatic. I will miss my manual transmission. In 12 years when I replace Serenity, I’ll have to find a manual transmission, because no kid of mine is learning to drive on anything else. (waves cane, grumbles about hooligans on the lawn.)

Alvie Bean loves Serenity. “Drive Mommy’s new car now,” he requests about every other minute.

For now, I am fairly happy to comply.


*name credit to Steph M who came up with the brilliantsuggestion of Serenity. Eleanor was the name I’d picked out for Alvie had he been a girl child. She’ll only get the full treatment if she’s in trouble.

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