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Eight Minivans and a Beetle -- Writer's Poke #168

So, do babies really "change everything"?

There's little doubt that they change a lot. For one thing, I'm a lot more productive. I have to be. Tavi wakes up at 6:30 a.m., and that means I no longer sleep in. She's usually in bed by 8:00 p.m., but then I feel obligated to make the most of my evening free time. No more wasted evenings watching mindless TV. Well, except for maybe American Idol, but even that I record so that I can save time by skipping the commercials.

But I made a commitment that some things would not "change", and so far, I've been able to keep that promise to myself.  One quick example: the last time I picked up Tavi from daycare, as I pulled into the drive, I counted the vehicles. There were eight, and all were minivans. I still drive a Beetle, not a minivan. And that small victory was enough to make me crack a smile.

I am still not a minivan chauffeur.

Have you ever made yourself a promise that you wouldn't change in some essential way? Did you keep that promise? Why or why not?

"There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction." -- Winston Churchill


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