And you thought we had Big News last week!! Well, we did.
If you read last week, then you know that last week's news consisted of welcoming This Rabbit...
...into the Lilypad fold (WELCOME LITTLE BLUEBERRY!!)
But today's news might knock you over, which is what happened when This Rabbit heard the news (and I don't mean about Blueberry!)
Today's news is Big, but not in a Mammal way. Well, at least, not in a Small Mammal way.
Today's News is Big in a Large Mammal way.
Here-- let me give you a hint...
We here at the Lilypad have been car free for the last nine years. It has been difficult. It has been delightful. It has been a pain in the butt. It has been easy.
Not having a car is a series of paradoxes.
When we first gave up our car, we did it for a lot of reasons. As artist/ writer/and now dancer types, we didn't want to be tied to the financial obligation for one thing. Also, the war in Iraq was just beginning and not having a car was our own little protest.
But, as the years went on, it got more difficult to get around without relying on others, which was never our intention. Our local bus company, struggling with drops in ridership, reduced its service, making it impossible for me to ride home from my night shift at the library and also making it difficult to get around on weekends either to get to and fro work or to get out and enjoy music or other activities.
Of course, our bikes were always good for these tasks in the moderate weather. But, let's face it-- we live in Erie, PA. We love it here, and this is no way a dig on our weather, but we get a lot of SNOW! and ICE!! Both these things put a damper on biking for many months of the year.
We could deal with all of this stuff, though. And we have.
Except, now things have changed: The Chick has started living a different kind of life. We both have changes coming that require more mobility.
And so, the time seemed right.
We have gone back and forth on this decision so many times, that, truthfully, neither one seems totally right. But, we feel like we've learned enough in the past nine years to be responsible car owners, and that's important to us.
Here we go, then, on a New Adventure!!! MAMMALS ON WHEELS!!!!
The Lilypad with her New Addition, the Kia Soul named "Seven"