The Straw That Broke the Camel’s Back

This is a tiny little tip… but a very, very good one.  If you are in the market to buy a new car to fit the new family in.  Buy an automatic.


When I was pregnant with my first, we had to get a sensible car, which meant the old Saab convertible had to go (it was the really old kind, with the really long hood – so cool!).  I had always driven manual cars, I loved them.  So much more power, so much more control, so much less lazy.  But my friend Rhonda said, no more sticks – I had to buy automatic.  And because she is so very, very bossy and there really is no point in arguing with her when she is adamant about anything.  I convinced my just as anti-automatic husband and we bought an automatic.


(I really am not usually such a pushover, but if you knew Rhonda you would understand).


And, as usual, she was totally right.  You have no idea what multi-tasking even means until you have a baby and you are driving.  You will miraculously develop eyes in the back of your head, and limbs as well.  You will be rocking the car seat, giving a bottle, checking the nappy and singing full volume teddy bears picnic whilst negotiating a 4 car pile up, changing lanes in Hyde Park Corner and gesticulating wildly at a cyclist (psycholist) whilst your baby on board sign wobbles precariously in the back window.


If you had to shift down to second at the same time, it may just be one the one thing too many.  The straw that broke the camels back, or in this case crashed the car.


The moral of the story is – always listen to Rhonda.  I mean the moral of the story is drive an automatic if you have a baby.  It really is much more safe.

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  1. Our reason for mama mio musings is to inform, intrigue and amuse. If by chance we offend we apologise, but please know our intentions are good. As with all good conversations it is an exchange. We look forward to chatting with you. Tanya x

  2. RD Rubin says:

    Always listen to Rhonda – that’s pretty good advice for life!

    And, yes automatic all the way with kids especially if you live in a very hilly neighbourhood with nutty drivers at every turn!

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