The bright and mysterious future…

Ok, so we got married in September (see post about wedding) and here we are, pregnant in December! 15 weeks on Sunday.

This is where it gets interesting for non new-buying people…

I have spent my life telling people that, no i do not drive, i do not want to drive and i will not ever learn to drive, yes even when i have children. And here we are, no car. and no plans for one either. Neither Ed nor i want a car for environmental reasons, for social and health reasons and also because we could not afford one and don’t want to work more to try to afford something we basically think is a ridiculous piece of machinery. We travel veyr nicely by foot, bus and train. and whilst we are very grateful to people who give us lifts in emergencies we know we could always hop in a taxi. i think neither of us believe cars should go completely but both feel that, like humans, there are just too many cars in the world. Oh and that we are far too reliant on them, another myth that freedom comes with a car. well i don’t see car owner friends zooming off each weekend on impromptu trips, certainly less than Ed and I nip off on the train at short notice, which is quite regularly.

Ok, car rant over… back to baby planning!


2 Responses to The bright and mysterious future…

  1. Francis Barton says:

    I want to comment on all your posts! But I’ll restrain myself 🙂

    I think this is such an important thing that you are doing. The car changes our relationship to almost everything, as individuals and as a society, and the cumulative effects of cars, en masse, on the way our villages, towns and cities work, and the clutter, the sheer amount of space they require, is an often unseen and taken for granted blight on the landscape, both visually and socially.

    Well done you auto-refuseniks for helping to bring this aspect of modern life into view.

  2. Jenny says:

    Hmm on this one. I agree but… our car has, at certain times, been if not totally essential then something that has made a huge positive difference for me – mainly linked to times of ill health and down times with small children…
    Perhaps a more realistic perspective than ‘no cars’ is many more shared cars. And I try to only use the car if I feel it’s a decision worth making for the benefits, rather than by default as so many do. Not sure what you do out in the sticks, especially once the Tories cut the bus services…

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