December 3, 2003 - Wednesday
Since late August, "Mommy's car" has been daddy's car and vice versa. It started due to repairs, but right away driving the Tracker with the two boys seemed more fun. It didn't hurt that in the late summer we could ride around with the top off, but there are plenty of reasons why I like it. Ironically, we bought the Subaru as a family car with more room and easier access than the two-door Tracker. And, I'm sure that was right and true for a while. But now that the boys are both walking and climbing, the Tracker is actually a little easier. It's no small matter, for example, that both boys can climb in the car from the same side. That helps in the morning when I'm trying to corral them and get them off to school, but it's particularly very comforting in a parking lot when I can get them both in and close the door behind them rather than dealing with one and having the other wait standing beside the car while I try to look back and forth. The Tracker is even tall enough inside so I can even go in the back seat, shut the door, and stand up, slouched and leaning over of course, while bunkling their seat belts.
The other very nice thing about being with the boys in the Tracker is that they are just physically closer than in the Forester. They are closer to each other and they are closer to me. It's easier to see both of their faces and I can reach back and pat them on the leg if I'm very happy with something they've said or done. I can even reach back with a tissue and help.them blow their noses (while slowly down and driving very carefully, of course).