Oh, yeah, I forgot – we got the new car. That was last Friday. Yes, it’s the Honda Civic and yes, it’s a damn sexy car, it’s misty violet, and we love it.
How could I forget? Easy – the twins. They make me forget lots of stuff, including that I should occasionally comb my hair and also, perhaps, sometimes go to the loo.
So, in the entire week that we’ve had it, I’ve even managed to drive it once. It was a breeze. Amit, however, is so overwhelmed by the size, the cost, and the sheer extravagance of the machine, that he lives in perpetual fear of it and routinely stalls it (despite having more than a decade of driving experience with various different cars to his credit). All that notwithstanding, he took it for a long spin yesterday – all the way to Chennai and back. In one day! One heck of a long day, I must say. He left at 6 a.m. and got back around 12.30 a.m. – all intact, thankfully. I can’t say I was happy about it – that’s a lot of driving for one person in one day – but he seemed to enjoy it.
The only problem with the new car is that it has motivated Amit to seriously consider buying car seats. (For you international readers out there, car seats are not required by law in India, and few people invest in them, no matter what you might say about safety and so on. And kids, even babies in arms, routinely sit in the front seat, even, I think, in cars equipped with passenger side air bags. Yeah, gasp. Of course, speeds are relatively low out here, and I think in the Indian mindset, no place is safer for a baby than its mothers arms (and it’s a lot cheaper too). But that’s a separate discussion altogether.)
Actually, in my view, buying car seats is not a problem. I’d have done it as soon as we got the kids, because it means that I don’t have to handle (physically restrain) two squirming kids in the back seat every time we go anywhere near or far. It also means that I can take the two kids out in the car on my own, thus increasing my mobility and independence manifold. Quite apart from the safety aspect. The problem, and the only reason we didn’t actually buy them so far, is the cost.
We went and looked at car seats in MotherCare last weekend. The wrong place to go, no doubt, because we found a pretty a good car seat, forward facing, intended for kids 9 kg and upward, with a five point harness, and which gets hooked onto the car’s rear seat belts, and which can be used for several years as a booster seat, it seems – well, it costs close to 10 k. And we need two of them.
Of course, the argument goes that if you can afford a Honda Civic, this is the least you can do in the interests of your kids’ safety. So, having convinced ourselves in the course of a long and serious debate that this is something we should do in the interests of our kids’ safety, we’re likely to bite this bullet and buy those car seats sometime soon. Now we only have one further question to address: once we have the two car seats, do we keep them in the new car (which Amit uses to go to office) or in the old car (which has been cast off to me and might be used to drive the kids around)?
Or do we get two car seats for each car?