It's all the rage these days, businesses closing down. Especially the services.
Even though I drive the mom-taxi for a pretty sweet rate, I'm retiring my special service; my passengers pay with mutterings of "thanks mom, don't be late picking me up again."
My husband is getting Lexie her own car! Next week, Lexie will be the proud owner of a 1996 Olds Cutlass Cierra. It's a hand-me-down from her Great Aunt Gertrude who passed away a year and a half ago. It'll have an engine, 4 wheels and get her where she needs to go. Without me!
Currently, I drive her to school. Then I go pick her up. Drive her to work. Go pick her up. She needs more hair color. Come'on, let's go. Wants to go to her friend's house. Here we go again. And I'm always toting two kids in carseats with me wherever we go too.
She is going to pay her own insurance (we'll bail her out on that when she can't), pay for her own gas and oil changes (we'll give her tanks of gas as "presents"), and she's going to get her own car smog checked and licensed (I'm sure I'll be there for that part too).
Giving up the mom-taxi means heading up a new venture: Mom's Used Car Lot. Instead of driving everyone everywhere, I'll be checking their tires, nagging at them to get their oil changed, how are your wipers?, do the tail lights all work?, clean that car out!, and putting new license plate tags on every year. We are going to have 2 cars, my mini-van, the truck and two motorcycles out front. I think I should put a sign out front "Honest Mom's Used Cars". See if I can get a dealer's special on license plates and insurance!