After owning three vans, we considered it might be time for something different.
We talked about a Ram pickup. We talked about a Jeep. (That's pronounced "CHEEP!" by my outdoorsy fifteen-year-old daughter.) After looking over a number of Chrysler vehicles (our personal favorite), and considering our family of seven, we settled on (drum roll please) ... a minivan. They're just too darn practical.
So when time came to buy, my dear husband John went for a test drive.
Me: "How do you like the engine?"
"Two glove boxes!"
"Great storage space in the stow–n-go bins."
"LOVE the retro dashboard."
"Good grief, there's cup holders everywhere!"
"What a lame idea to put a cup holder in the door—you'll spill your drink!"
"What a lame idea to bring a drink in a car without a lid."
I'd mentioned the hope that we buy a Jeep next time around. As long as we were at the dealer,
Me: "How do you like the engine?" (same 3.6 V6 as Caravan.)
Him: "Love it."
Me (opening small narrow tube on passenger side): "Has a glove box."
Him: "Nice size!"
Me: "This has got to be the tiniest windshield I've ever seen."
Him: "Yeah, cause the roof comes off."
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven ...
What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?
I have seen the God-given task
with which the sons of men are to be occupied.
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1,9-11 (NKJV)
Perspective is everything. If we like someone or something, we see everything about them in the best light. When we're not enamored with someone or something, even their best doesn't win our hearts.
Perhaps the best this life offers is choosing to see everything as beautiful in its time.
Note from John: "The fact is, the engine is not the same, I did not say 'meh,' I said 'eh,' and it's not about the size of the glovebox, but about the size of the world you can reach with a Jeep! : )
Next time around, babe. I'll pray for it! : ) backatcha!
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