Well… we did it. Yep. Never, ever thought this would be me. If you’d ever asked me if one day I’d be one of those people, I’d have denied it with much fervour. Yet here we are.
I’m doing my best to convince myself that while it wasn’t what we WANTED it is what we NEEDED. It makes sense. It was the logical choice. We may not like it, but it was the only choice.
It’s just that it’s SOOOO not cool. Not even remotely cool.
I try not to think about it. However I can’t help but look at it with a little disgust… It’s not us, yet here we are… the, embarrassed to admit it, owners of a station wagon.
I hang my head in shame, but there is no denying it. When SGI paid us out on Friday, we already knew it was likely what would happen. And by noon today we were test driving a 2003 Ford Taurus SE Wagon.
The beast drives really well. It’s nice and smooth… and you can ALMOST forget about the fact that it’s butt end is so darn ugly while you’re inside it. Almost.
At it’s most basic, it’s the same vehicle we had before. The Ford Taurus and the Mercury Sable really are one and the same in almost all respects, and it’s even silver – the same colour our Sable was. Which has already caused a few giggles from friends and family. But when they realize it’s a wagon, they all say the same thing: (awkward pause, often with a foot shuffle or a shrug of the shoulders) “They aren’t THAT bad.”
It really is though… THAT bad.
But here we are. Whether or not I LIKE it, it is what makes sense for us. Basically the same vehicle we had before (six years newer) and with a WHOLE lot more cargo room. Now, if kid-kid wants to start coming with my sister and I to dog shows, we have the space to bring her along. Now if we want to go camping or head out to wherever we feel like going, we have room to pack up all the dogs and just go. Now we won’t be stuck at home all year round because we can’t leave all the dogs and have no way to take them with us. I may not like a wagon, I may not have wanted a wagon, but a wagon makes sense for us. So I’m going to learn to like a wagon.
Maybe it’s not so bad?
Granted, it’s not actually official yet… but I feel safe to yell from the rooftop:
CANADA HAS OUR FIRST ELECTED GREEN MP!!!!!!
I’ve actually had to stop watching the numbers roll in. Every poll counted has E.May’s lead increasing. It started with only 20 votes, and now is hovering around the 1000 mark. Every poll forced new tears to spring from my eyes. I am sooo very proud to be a part of this moment in Canadian history.
Elizabeth May in Parliament!!! What does that mean? It means we finally have a voice. After years, and years, and years of fighting, of not being heard, of being dismissed, we finally have a voice. A holistic voice in parliament. A voice of reason, that understands how all systems are connected. How the environment and the economy are not separate issues, but one and the same. How we can not forge ahead with one at the expense of the other.
To truly have a voice? I’m not really sure what it will mean. But I do know that it’s only the start. Today was something we have fought long and hard to see. And it really is only the start. So very much work to be done, but I know that Elizabeth is up for the task. I know she will fight for us, and ensure that we are heard. She is a strong, smart, well-spoken woman… and I know she is ready for all this means.
Today, as I always have been, I am proud to be GREEN!