Well, it’s inevitable. You look at your 4-door sedan, in this case a 2010 Toyota Corolla, and say, “Hmmm … it doesn’t seem like three car seats will fit in this thing.” With BG3 soon to arrive, such was the situation for yours truly. So just the other weekend, Adam braved the hellish process that is car shopping to bring us a Toyota Sienna minivan.
Since we have a two-car garage and two drivers, we knew early on that it wouldn’t make sense to keep our friend Kermit, much as we love him. (As you may recall, we also purchased Kermit’s younger brother, Herr Wägen, back in 2011.)
Kermit’s humble origins trace back to a Boston dealership, where we found and purchased him in August of 2010. Energetic and shiny green (Capri Sea Metallic, if we’re being completely accurate), Kermit was our first new car purchase following several years sans vehicle. His first big trip was to Acadia National Park in Maine …
and afterward, he capably took us around the city, receiving the inevitable ‘love taps’ that come with frequent parallel parking. But if Kermit was annoyed, he didn’t complain – such is his stalwart character. :) In April 2011, Kermit left the big city and made the 1400+ mile trek (via a comfortable car transport carrier) to Kansas. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Yes, I made Adam take this picture before he took Kermit to the dealership to trade in. Um, sentimental much?? haha … I’m reminded of this scene from Toy Story 3. (Don’t worry, unlike that movie-going experience, I wasn’t letting loose with loud, embarrassing sobs when we sold Kermit. But I will admit to a wistful sigh … )
Thank you for your service, dear Kermit. I will remember you fondly as we embark on this new minivan phase of life. And welcome, Sienna. You may be the size of a tank, but you have big shoes to fill (especially when it comes to transporting these crazies!).