Listen now (4 mins) | Woody, and the station wagons of our youth.
All of us born before seat belt and child seat laws existed should receive an award/plaque/badge for surviving the "wild and reckless" era. ;)
Tegan, c’mon .. I was expecting a cover here ☺️
Thank you for reading! I really appreciate it!
I have to say, no what I was expecting when I saw the title, I know who Billy Idol is obviously, I don’t live under a rock, but not being familiar with his song ‘white wedding’ I heard the line and thought this would be a post about marriage relating to BWU which has the line in the chorus ‘I don’t want a white wedding’. Would love for you to do a post on your views of marriage too and how they either differ or a similar to Sara’s? I’ve learned not to assume you guys have the same views about things like that.
Learning to drive, well, my thoughts haven’t changed, I probably need to learn just so I know and so I have ID but I don’t care to have more anxiety in my life right now. I’ll probably do what Sara did and get a license when my partner is pregnant.
Also I have to address that you two have (or had) an uncle Glenn! I have one too! Why am I pointing this out, you may ask, because Glenn isn’t that uncommon of a name. I’m pointing this out because the first time I met you both (on the substack zoom) I tried to tell you my baby cousin was 2 years younger than Sid (who was below the age of one), what I meant was 2 months older, and that I was keeping track of how old they are together. I also thought it was funny that like Sid my cousin is growing up with two cats. Anyway my uncle Glenn is my cousin’s father. I just thought that was a cool connection. Also I really appreciate you two bantering and telling jokes to make me feel better about stuffing up, and then apologising to me for rambling on. 😄😂. I love you guys!
Thanks for the post.
Phoenix, he/they/it, 16, Australia
PS: if my posts are getting less depressing that would be because I started testosterone a little over 2 weeks ago. I’m finally getting the trans affirming care that I needed! (You have no idea how excited I am!) 😆
As kids me and my brother would stick our heads out of the sunroof of the car,whilst stood up on the back seat lol,so dangerous but so much fun 😁.
My mom's friend would pick 5 of us up from school every day when I was about 5 or 6. Her truck only had room for one of us and the rest of us would be put into the back in her pick ups camper attachment where we would lay across this weird carpeting together until we got home!
My family also had a station wagon. It was green, that's all I remember. We had it when I was very little. At the time it was my twin brothers and me most of it's existence, then my little brother came along. We had it for a few more years. When my twin sisters were born we got a van. There were was not enough room in the station wagon at that point. Good Times!!!!
So cool. I love hearing about these kinds of memories. I vaguely remember our first family car. If I remember correctly it had fold down trays in the back of the 2 front seats so those sitting in the back had a place to put food, sweets, comics etc for longer journeys. It also had a cup holder. Much like being on a plane these days, but it definitely wasn't made of cheap plastic always threatening to break as you eat 😂
What a song too. It was one of the first songs I learnt to play on bass in my HS days 😎 Classic
Unrelated question for y’all - will you be doing a pre-show VIP in Austin?
Oh, I miss the days when you could just relax, lying down in the back seat without seat belts or child car seats, cruising down the highway. Hahaha!
We're in the same boat though only slightly. I never learned to drive. More recently I took the test to get the first stage but haven't bothered to get to the next stage of a full licence. Not much personal motivation on my part.
We had a station wagon growing up as well. I remember my siblings and I would always ride in the back. My oldest brother specifcally remembers us making forts out of blankets.
Yea, then when I turned 16 and got my driver's license, I smashed and totaled the family van. Good Times!!
I remember those awesome days when there were no seat belts or car seats
But , I do know we had a lot of fun
Absolutely love this song!!! You guys should do a cover!!!!!
We always had station wagons when I was younger and they always had names -usually based on letters in the registration plate!
As a pre-seat belt family with 4 kids, there were always at least 5 of us in the car, often more. The only comfortable seat was the drivers! No wonder each of us took our driving test at the first opportunity!
Each summer, we would pack a trunk of clothes and our family tent on the roof rack and drive from London through France, Belgium, Germany until we reached the Mediterranean coast. With so many kids in the back (often a friend as well) we had the back seats down flat so we could sit or lie down with our legs out stretched. It would never be allowed now but we did it for years - and survived with no incidents! Happy days!
Also, interesting how so many childhood memories are measured by which car we had!
Thanks, as always, for sharing your memories. They seem to strike a chord with so many of us xx
Someone in my extended family had a station wagon, no idea who, just remember seeing it. Wasn’t til way later I even *knew* there were hideaway seats in the back of those things. I don’t remember seeing them being used. I feel shocked by that knowledge now with my memory being jogged. Lol.
My first car was supposed to be my mom’s 76-77 Toyota Corolla hatchback. I loved that dang car. I used to lay on the roof with my uncle - who’s 7 yrs older than me – to watch drive-in movies when I was little, while my parents stayed in the folded down back seat. Alas my dad sold the car to my grandpa to get a bigger car for my mom and he jacked it up using it as a truck. We were just talking about this a couple of weeks ago, my mom and I, I don’t think I ever even got to drive it. I was learning to drive in my dad’s Corolla coupe (there’s a theme here) around then but that one wasn’t as cool as that hatchback. I sure as heck would drive that car now.