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I miss my Mustang!


 When I was a young man, I loved sports cars but couldn’t afford one. When I finally could, it was a Mustang!  An icon of American muscle! The ultimate man’s car!  I even drove my first son home in that Mustang from the hospital where he was born! I love everything about Mustangs!  The horse power, the way it drives,  and the way it even fishtails when you turn a corner.  The way the bucket seats seem to hug you and how the interior feels like you are in a race car of sort.  It is truly a nice car, and so when we sold it, I grieved for months. Even now, when I see a Mustang,  I feel nostalgic.  What am I driving nowadays? I’m glad you asked. I drive a Ford F-150 truck which is my work car but my wife and I own a minivan and it is incredible!  These are words I never thought I would say but let me explain.  When you become a dad, especially when you have three boys, you’ll realize that minivans are secretly awesome. Soon you will start to call it the “manly-van” or something smart like that to help you feel better. You see, you will be driving a minivan for the next 18 to 20 years or until your nest is finally empty and then you can go get yourself a Mustang or whatever muscle car you fancy. But for now, the minivan will be your wheels. Before I had kids I swore on a stack of Clint Eastwood collector’s edition DVDs that I would never be seen behind the wheel of a minivan! After all, I drove a manly car, a Mustang! My family grew and after my first son was born, came the second and then the third. One day I suddenly saw the awesomeness of minivans! I now have three children and the Volkswagen Routan keeps getting cooler. The minivan is awesome because you can fold the seats down into the floor and haul large pieces of furniture that your wife thinks you need.  When you are transporting your children, the bucket seats are so far apart they can’t hit each other! Frankly, I feel I am much more patient about the kids getting the minivan dirty with vomit, mud, candy and who-knows-what than I would be if the Mustang got it. Although, I have to say that since God uses our children to work on making us better Christians, getting rid of the Mustang has made me a better father.   even has an entertainment system, which we try not to use except for long trips, in which case, it’s very handy! Trust me on this one. As soon as kid #2 comes, you’ll find yourself wandering over to Cars.com to compare the best prices on minivans!

1 Corinthians 13:11 reads like this….When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.

The EJQ3 paraphrase reads like this…. When I was young, I had a Mustang, I thought about the Mustang and reasoned that It was awesome. When I became a dad, I gave up the Mustang. Now I drive a Minivan. And it too is awesome!

I miss my Mustang, but.... © 2016 MANLY TRAINING

I miss my Mustang, but….
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