It's almost summer, time to ditch the car
Monday, May 25, 2009 - 16:00
This Memorial Day weekend, Michigan was blessed with some amazing weather. The temperatures were in the 70s, the sun was shining and wonderful breezes blew threw town. To celebrate the good weather my family made a pledge: that we weren’t going to use our cars at all on Sunday and Monday. It wasn’t that hard. We biked to YMCA, took some nice walks with our dog and enjoyed the weather. The real dilemma came when we realized that we had to buy groceries for the cookout we were going to have. Since we had the no-driving rule, my Mom and I grabbed backpacks and canvas bags and walked to the nearest store. The walk home was definitely a workout. Carrying a gallon of lemonade and the various buns, chips and patties was no small task. I’m sure it was a sight to see, two people struggling down the street, one carrying hot dog buns and the other a bag of chips. People looked at us like we were crazy; I’m sure the thought running through their head was “Why aren’t they driving?” Sure, driving would have been quicker and easier. My arms wouldn’t have hurt and we would have avoided stares. However, we live a short three blocks away, it was a beautiful day and I had a good conversation with my mom.
While what my family did was out of the ordinary, I felt like we had made a good decision. Cars have become the driving (no pun intended) force of America and as summer draws near, I hope that everyone will give up their cars and make use of their feet or bikes. Enjoy the amazing weather and the outdoors while we still have them.
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