Goodbye Forever, Station Wagons. You'll Be Missed


station wagonDear Station Wagon,

I'm sure by now you've heard the bad news. Fortune has declared you dead. Gone. No more. Your market is drying up, you poor old thing. But I don't care what anyone says, you're alive and well in my heart.

Remember back in 1988 when you drove us to the pool every day in the summer? Good times. I recall the way your metal seat-belt buckles would get so hot -- I still look at the burns on my thighs with fondness. And who could forget the gentle tear sound you gave off when I peeled my skin from your scalding pleather when the babysitter forgot to lay down towels on the seats?

You taught me so much about sibling negotiations and playing to parental sympathies. Did you hear? SUVs these days have third-row seats! Spoiled rotten, I say.

Do the youngins out there know anything about a little phrase, shouted from mudrooms and front steps across the country from 1950 to 2000 ... a little declaration of independence while at the same time a call to arms ... a little phrase that goes: "NOT MIIIIDDDDDDDLLLE!!!!"

Third-row having, gas guzzling SUVs will make our nation's children weaker in life and in business. You, station wagon, taught us what it was like to barter and trade, and how to dress a burn wound. You kept us real and you kept us tough. You were so decidedly uncool that one's ego could never get too big. You kept us in check.

Then, in high school when we got our licences, you took a beating. Sorry about that guardrail incident. My bad. You kept on ticking. That's what we love most about you, dear wagon, aside from the way you smelled like gas for three days after we filled you up, or the way the tape player would jam and we'd have to get the pick-up stick out of the glove compartment to untangle the mess you made.

So many memories, station wagon. We'll miss you.

Are you sad to see the station wagon go?

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Jenni... JenniferH353

My parents had station wagons all of my childhood years. They have kinda made a come back when Dodge introduced thier wagon last year. Honda also brought back a wagon this year. No, they are not the like the beloved old ones we remember. I do not think they will be gone forever, things come back in style all the time. 

poshkat poshkat

i will never forget my moms station wagon with the wood paneling. so ugly yet so loving!! we took many trips in that wonderful car! we used to put down the seats in the back and sit backwards and wave to drivers on road trips. by the time i drove it was long gone but it was an awesome car.

DebaLa DebaLa

We never had one, but were envious of friends that did. We called them 'land yachts.' Awesome, floating, cavernous stinkers, they were.

Debbie Rogers Hale

I thought Suburbans were the modern day wagon.

bookl... booklover74

I still have a beloved station wagon.......with a rearfacing folddown seat! Yep she's a beast and we love her.

momto... momtothemax2910

What awesome memories. I'd add the memory of ignorance of safety and my brother and I taking turns sitting amidst all the vacation items in the "way back" because there were four kids and we were all too big to sit in the middle seat in the front. My parents would probably be arrested for that now. But then it was par for the course.

Emily Walton

"I still look at the burns on my thighs with fondness." Lol, I love this! My parents had a red station wagon when I was a kid. I now have a belt made out of a metal GM seatbelt that I wear in honor of her. :*(

Amyin... AmyinMotown

Very funny post! And wagons aren't gone; they made a bit of a comeback some years ago. I drive a Ford Focus wagon, some friends drove the Saturn wagon, etc.  They are more like compact cars with slightly more cargo room, admittedly, than the enormous behemoths of our youth (which I loved and would buy rght now if they still made them!).

jerem... jeremysmom04


I have a Honda Accord wagon.

Heath... HeatherMQ

We never had one, although the car we have now is considered a wagon for insurance purposes! It's a Kia Rondo. 

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