Our town had its annual "walk to school" day, in which the sidewalks are crowded with clumps of happy kids, but whence you can really assess the horrendous amount of car traffic in one small town when you're right up next to it. The point is, we made it! My kids are officially Big Enough to hoof it. Add that to us being two blocks from NJ Transit, three from the A&P, and four to just about everywhere else in town — with a little boost from Al Gore and the $4-a-gallon gas we're predicted to see this summer — and we've decided to sell one of our two cars.
I've mentioned this to a few neighbors and schoolmoms, who think it's a fine move but doubt its viability. Mind you, there are people in my condo complex who drive to their mailboxes. So they're not really open to grocery shopping with the little red wagon I find so useful. My parents, thrifty Pennsylvania Dutch folk who barely use credit cards and rarely buy something they don't need, think this move was far overdue.
This will require some weekend plan juggling and a lot of walking, but we'll make it work. We're keeping our battered 7-year-old Subaru wagon, which gets incredible gas mileage with its stickshift (Real Women Drive Stick!), and will make me the only carpooler in this area to drive a visibly dented vehicle. Gotta love that.
So, for sale, one 2005 Passat 4WD with only 14.5K miles on it. In the end, a wasteful luxury for us. Hopefully the buyer really needs it.