Sunday, January 25, 2009

Gaining Wheels, Losing Coolness

I think it might be official now. I am no longer cool. Why am I just realizing this now? It's all due to my new wheels.

We got the van 2 weeks ago, and the bike was a generous gift from Santa. Do you like them? I love them both! 

However, the van is forcing me to come face-to-face with my coolness factor. You see, even though I am 33, I still imagine myself as 24 or 25. I still imagine myself as hip and stylish, as sporty and outdoorsy, as fun and fashionable. It's very possible that I was never any of those things in the first place, but, regardless, it's kinda hard to perceive yourself as hip, fashionable, sporty, etc. when you realize that you really are the 30-something-year-old mom driving that mini-van. I thought maybe the bike would redeem me a bit, but when I was biking to get the mail last week, the neighbor said, "You look like Pee-Wee Herman on that bike." Um, okay. So, there I go sliding down another knotch (or 10) on the coolness chart.

Oh well. At least my kids think it's the coolest car they've ever seen. And really, from the inside, it is pretty cool!

12 comments:

beckylou said...

OH my dear...you are NOT Pee Wee Herman. There's no way. I doubt you are wearing a gray suit with your hair slicked down. Unless you've changed quite a bit from when we met....

I think the bike is super retro looking! And vans are for cool moms. :)

Char said...

LOVE the bike!

I remember when we first went "van". My kids, too, thought it was the coolest thing ever. I'm just grateful they can no longer whack the doors into neighboring cars in the parking lot.

Gabriela said...

LOL. I totally know what you mean about feeing 24 or 25. I'm 34 and I just can't quite get over it yet. :) Your van and bike look awesome.

I want to know what you are getting your PhD in.

Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

mwells said...

I'm jealous... does that count?

Miranda said...

You are totally cool. I want to be as cool as you. Does that say something about my coolness?

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bluestocking mama said...

Becky, no gray suit, although I can't make any promises about the hair. Somedays it's pretty scary and slicked back into that little ponytail.

Gabriela, I've been stalking your blog for a little while. I love it! And I'm getting my Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition, not Lit)

And I'm so glad I can count on you guys to validate my coolness :)

Lei said...

Oh yes, the minivan is a humbling vehicle is it not? Lol.

Dena said...

I've got to say, I was way excited when we finally got our mini van. I LOVE it and it was my first brand new car. It may not be the coolest car, but you can still be the coolest mom driving one! ;)

sweetpea said...

Well, for what it's worth, I think you're totally cool!! :)

LOVE the bike, and the van!

Courtney said...

embrace the van - they are really so convenient and convenient is cool, right?

bluestocking mama said...

thanks, kierste! and courtney, you're right, convenience is very cool