Here’s an admission from a car-free family: our three year-old prefers the bus, or a car, to walking.
I thought that not having a car would turn our oldest into a fantastic walker. Alas, this is not so.
Taxi rides are met with delight. There are tears when we have to get off of a bus. He loves vehicles and any mode of transportation that is built with metal. Bikes! Diggers! Cars! Bus! Truck! Train!
The only exception to his apathy towards travel on foot: he’ll walk and wander for miles on a beach or through a forest.
As a car-free family we rely on walking to get us around most of the time.
I had some concerns that not owning a double stroller would make it untenable for me to get out with the two boys this winter. Of course, I took my own advice and waited to see if we could get by using our single stroller and letting the older child sit in the foot well when needed. Note: the BOB single strollers are not meant to have two children in them. Use this method at your own risk.
Happy to report we made it. The baby spent most of the winter in a carrier and I often got around by bus and on foot with no stroller at all. Spring is slowly showing her face here in the Isle of Man and our oldest child is now starting to use his scooter as transportation.
So glad I waited to see if I really needed something before buying it. A simple thing but so often in the past I would buy something before the need actually arose. I would buy things not because I needed them at that moment but because I was scared I would need them in the near future.
And then I would buy them, not really use them, but be too scared to part with them because there was still a chance, a small chance, I might use it some day.
Not surprising that it took me three months of intense work to pare down our possessions.
Anyone else have a successful “glad I didn’t buy it” moment recently?
P.S. THANK YOU for the comments and thoughts on my post on Tuesday. We’ve raised over $200 for Feeding America and there is still time to raise more. I will leave the comments open through Sunday evening and close them in the wee hours of Monday morning.