Posted by : Tiffany | July 9, 2012
At times I think I’ve grown quite accustomed to being a one car family. We all manage to get to work or school around the appropriate time and we don’t have a second car or gas payment.Β To be honest with you, I still don’t know how we’ve done it for so long. Above all, what I’ve come to figure is that EVERY SINGLE DAY something or someone has to give. When Sam worked in a law firm downtown, he “gave” most of the time, riding the metro BUS to the metro RAIL then to the metro MOVER… reversing the order on the way back home. On the days he didn’t, I had to “give” by driving across the city to get him to work. Once Austin started Kindergarten, I’d walk him to school sometimes in the rain with Caitlyn next to us in the stroller on days Sam had to drive.
Presently, we just all pile in and hope for the roads to be our friends in the morning as we make our drop-offs and pick-ups. Still yet, having to wait for a teen to wake up and get to the car, I was late for work almost every day last year. This year we had to stop taking the kids from going to their extra curricular activities because we had too many conflicts during the week to be able to add anything else to our routine. All that simply to restate that EVERY DAY someone or something has had to give.
“How does a family of 5 balance each of their schedules in a city like Miami with just one car?”
It’s been a combination of sacrifice, sharing, compromise & proper planning. I am grateful that we have been able to do it for as long as we have, but with the new schedule coming (middle school to high school transition this year), I’m beginning to wonder if we’ll be able to pull off another year. I’m sure there are families without cars who depend on public transportation, so again, grateful for the beautiful one car we do have and God willing… our schedules will work out again until we are ready for a second car and all that it entails!Tags: patience, Sacrifice, tension, Tiffany