The Day On Which I Pretended To Have Never, Ever Driven A Minivan At Any Point In My Life.

The older boy came home from school yesterday and announced, “I can get you an oil change at school tomorrow if you just go to the store and get a filter and a container of oil.”


My car has been overdue for an oil change for a few weeks now, and how lucky am I that I am the mother of a son who is taking Auto Mechanics class this semester?

I replied, “Really? That’s awesome! I’ll go out to the store in a bit!”

He looked at me and, in all seriousness, warned me, “Just make sure you get the correct oil and filter. They have to match your car.”


I laughed my fool head off, right in his face.

“Really, older boy? REALLY? Because I thought all filters were universal, and I could just buy any ole’ kind of oil.”

POST WITHIN A POST: That brings me to what I was thinking about this afternoon. It’s not unusual in the least that he did not know that I already knew about how the oil and the filter had to be the right ones for my car; it just seemed odd that he didn’t know it, and makes me wonder about all of the other things I know–and let’s just go ahead and say that I know A LOT of stuff–that he doesn’t realize I know. For example, does he know that I know that you have to flood a cranberry bog in order to harvest those berries? Does he know that I know that eating peppermints after a meal helps your digestive system? Does he know that I know that besides playing the very funny Alan Harper on “Two and a Half Men”, Jon Cryer was one of the stars of the ’80’s flick “Pretty in Pink”? Does he know that I know that, even if I were thinner, I’m too short to be a model? I mean, it really boggles my mind that I have so much information–some useless, some useful–in my brain that he already knows but would be surprised to know that *I* know. You know? Okay, back to the main post now.

We sat there “Duh-ing” and taunting each other for a few minutes, both of us acting like idiots, really, and then I laughed and went to the store with Jim (Not to make sure I got the right stuff, mind you; he just got home from work early, OKAY? Seriously.).

Today, the boy drove to school with my car and the CORRECT oil and filter.

I, on the other hand, drove his car:

P8161208 My instinct is to say, in describing this car, how “cute” it looks. But come on, this is my nearly-eighteen-year-old son’s car. Cute is not a word I should say, right? So I won’t. But I’m thinking it.

One of the things I like most about this car is the sound roar of the engine. It sounds like a Mustang. Or maybe that’s just me. You see, I’ve wanted a Mustang since my good friend Justin drove a bright red vintage one in high school. It rocked. I never turned down a ride to school in that baby, I can tell you that!

I even went as far as test driving one when I was shopping for my current car a few years ago. I took the boys to the Ford dealer and told them that I was thinking about getting one, and I needed to see how much room they had in the back.

The answer? Not much.

But I started her up anyway. The VROOM VROOM VROOOOOOOM was ever so pleasing to my ear, and gave me chills. The awesome sound also drowned out the kids’ responses when I asked them what they thought. I think they were saying something about how cramped they were in the back seat, and how uncomfortable it was, and how they were still growing, MOM!, but I could be wrong. It was hard to hear them over the revving of the engine.

In the end, of course, I didn’t buy the Mustang. I knew it wasn’t a sensible car for the mom of two growing teenaged boys. It’s okay, though: I’ll get one eventually.

While I was driving the older boy’s car today, I thought, “This is the closest I’ll get to driving a Mustang for a while”, a statement which I know is totally delusional, since an Eagle Talon is not anything close to a Ford Mustang. But in my head, that statement made total sense. I rolled down the window (only the driver’s side window, and by hand, mind you, since everything is manual), rested my arm on the edge, sat back in the driver’s seat and turned the radio up nice and loud as I lived in my (faux) muscle car-lovin’ world for just a little bit longer, before pulling up into the driveway and returning the car to its rightful owner.


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  • Huckdoll

    Awww, man. Boyfriend #2 and #4 (out of 5, relax people) drove Mustangs. I think I had a thing for them, too, and I think it had a name … something like tire bitter … 🙂

    My poor Dad, though. He was always nervous about those ones.

    This was so cute though. I remember boyfriend #2's mom used to drive his car instead of hers sometimes and just love it. I think she went the long way to the store quite a bit!

  • WeaselMomma

    We all need to hold onto our delusions, for the sake of our sanity. You know lots and one day your boys will figure that out.

  • nycgirl0501

    What a nice break from driving the minivan! I would have spent the day cruising! 🙂

    P.S. I knew about the filter & oil too! 🙂

  • Tara R.

    My teen has a Plymouth Laser (can't even think that without hearing Mike Myers' voice) and I can't comfortably get in or out of it. It is way nicer than my first car, but my first car, even though it was a POS, WAS a Mustang.

    Your eldest has a very cool car.. can you say 'chick magnet?'

  • Heather

    you are such a goober! but i can appreciate the want for a mustang. my dream car is an infiniti, and I NEED ONE. someday.

  • Michelle

    Yeah, I don't think describing your own child's car as "sexy" passes that freak o meter.

    How cool that your son thought of you though, rather than just doing an extra one on his car or someone else's?