Part of our original downsizing plan was to let go of the car once we got settled in Boston. We haven’t done that yet.
We love the easy access we have to great public transportation. For the most part, we delight in using that. And, for the times when a car could be really helpful, zipcar is readily available. Still, we’re not ready to let the car go yet.
In the heart of Boston a car is not always an advantage. One either finds parking on the street or pays serious money for a dedicated parking place. Sometimes really serious money. We’ve opted for street parking. It can be complicated. The other morning, for instance, Bill got up to move the car by eight AM for the street sweepers. He could only find parking at a meter, which meant I had to move it two hours later. Luckily the street sweepers had finished with our street and I could get a place right in front of our house. Whew! Safe – until we use it for something or the streets get swept again in two weeks.
Is this how I want to spend time? Doesn’t downsizing and simplifying suggest we should give up this car we don’t really need. What about our commitment to a sharing economy? And what about lessening our carbon footprint?
On the other hand, it was so nice to have a car for the couple of getaways we did in August and for work I had in Gloucester. And we have shared it in some interesting ways (more on this later). I’m really looking forward taking drives to see fall foliage and going apple picking. All of that could be done with a zip car, true. I guess the bottom line is that we’re still attached to the car. It’s a used Volvo and, I have to confess, one of only three cars I’ve been attached to in my nearly 50 years as a driver.
One thing I’ve noticed about this downsizing adventure is that it happens stepwise. My attachment to many of the things we brought with us seems silly now. I’m hooked on that feeling of freedom and hence, willing to let go of more. Patience with ourselves as we move through it feels like the wisest stance. We’ll see what happens with the car.
What would you do? Keep the car or let it go? Please vote and/or advise us in the comments below.