New Year, New Post

Well, it’s 2019.

It’s the sixth day of the new year, and I have a pretty good idea of how this year is going to play out. My wife and daughter were in a car accident on the 2nd (they’re fine), and we’re likely to be in the market for a replacement car in short order.

If it were just me, I’d forego buying another car altogether. I bike everywhere in warmer months, and take the bus other times. We live close enough to our necessities that we can theoretically live without a car, if we don’t mind a bit of a walk.

Unfortunately, as a family we are not ready to be car-free. My wife is terrified of bikes and gets motion-sick on public transportation. Our daughter is Autistic and can’t handle being on a bus due to crowding and sensory issues. Then, there are the medical appointments… both my wife and daughter have several medical appointments per month, at several locations throughout the city (and, of course, none nearby). Suffice it to say, a car-free lifestyle is not for us at present.

We’ve considered moving, but our daughter’s elementary school is the best in the city for neuro-atypical (Is that a word? It is now, I guess) children, and she’s adapting well and growing as a person without being forced into a neurotypical box…

If our public insurance provider (no private insurance in our province) opts not to repair our car, we’re going to have to bite the bullet and replace it. It’s not a huge problem, as we have enough in savings to buy a decent car outright (no car loan!), but we’d already had that money earmarked for new kitchen appliances.

Ah well, first world problems.


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