Sunday, November 9, 2014

Do You Remember---Travelin in the Wagon

Do you remember  .....the station wagon?  We had a station wagon and it wasn't just any wagon either. This one had the awesome wood paneling on the sides--the paneling that we all thought was so cool at the time and which seems to be the brunt of so many jokes now.  But in the day, we thought we were stylin in that rig.

Brothers and a cousin in our wagon

As cool as the outside was, the interior was even better.  Some of our friends' wagons had the very back seat that faced backwards, but this one had two smaller seats, one on each side of the back that faced each other, making it easy to sit and talk.  It was in the back seat of that wagon that we learned who was prone to car sickness. Yep, there was plenty of gaggin in that wagon.

This gem was also our first car to have windows that went up and down with the push of a button. Not only did we not have to crank the handle to get the windows up and down, but the driver had the option of rolling the windows up or down with a push of the button as well.  All was good except for a few unfortunate incidences when a parent unknowingly rolled the window up with some of our appendages sticking out.  They were always quickly notified through our piercing screams however and thankfully, there were never any serious injuries.

We had many fun adventures in that wagon, from trips to town to picnics in the mountains and many fun family vacations.  And now when we get together and reminisce , there are plenty of stories to share from our days of traveling in the wagon.

Copyright © Michelle G. Taggart 2014,  All rights reserved

10 comments:

  1. We never had a station wagon, but I had friends who did. Getting to ride in the way-back sitting backwards was a thrill - back then! Seriously, I couldn't wait for an opportunity to ride in their wagon. I never saw any side-facing seats though.

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    1. Yea I think ours was really unusual, but not sure why. There had to be others like it out there.

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  2. We never had a station wagon when I was a kid, but my husband and I did have one when our five kids were young. It didn't have wood paneling though. It did have a seat in the back that faced backwards. So, two of our kids got to see where we had been instead of where we were going on car rides. =)

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    1. It's that funny that we thought riding backwards or sidewards was so fun, but we did.

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  3. We had a carolina blue Lincoln Mercury that I drove all through high school.

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  4. Michelle,

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at http://janasgenealogyandfamilyhistory.blogspot.com/2014/11/follow-friday-fab-finds-for-november-14.html

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks so much Jana! I appreciate the shout out.

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  5. This was a fun read! My family had several station wagons when I was growing up, but none quite as fancy as yours!

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    1. Weren't they fun Carol? I guess they had to make way for first the minivans and then the SUVs, but it's too bad. They were fun and practical.

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