What women want

Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - NEWS - danie@leisurewheels.com

It’s just af­ter 9pm. The kids are sleep­ing. I stare blankly at the tele­vi­sion screen, watch­ing highlights of Protea bats­man David Miller scor­ing the fastest ton in T20 in­ter­na­tional cricket. This makes me happy af­ter a long day at the of­fice. As does some J&B on the rocks.

The mis­sus in­ter­rupts. She re­minds me of a con­ver­sa­tion we had a few months ago. She and two fel­low mom­mies have been plan­ning a week­end away, with­out any kids, for quite a time. That week­end is now just around the cor­ner.

Thank­fully – it was more a case of luck re­ally – I had man­aged to keep that week­end open. Phew. So at least that is not a cri­sis. She also re­minds me that I had promised to or­gan­ise a car for them to en­joy the road trip and week­end at a lodge in Lim­popo in suitable style.

Phew. Again. There were a few test cars sched­uled for that pe­riod, so our reg­u­lar fleet of long-ter­m­ers would be stand­ing idle at the of­fice. I of­fer our finest over­land op­tion: our ac­ces­sorised, lifted and beefedup Mazda BT50. Perfect for a week­end away at a game lodge in the bushveld.

There’s a drawer sys­tem and a canopy for plenty of pack­ing space. It even has a winch if they have to ex­tract some­one from a predica­ment. The pow­er­ful ARB In­ten­sity driving lights af­fords ex­cel­lent il­lu­mi­na­tion if the ladies were to drive at night. And the Old Man Emu sus­pen­sion and chunky BFGoodrich all-ter­rain tyres form a com­pe­tent part­ner­ship on a bad gravel road.

The Mazda, for all in­tents and pur­poses, was perfect for this trip. I in­formed the mis­sus about their road trip wheels, and she seemed suit­ably im­pressed, even more so af­ter I in­formed her that I would cover the fuel (be­cause that’s one thing the Mazda is maybe not so great at).

Two days later I’m at the of­fice. The phone rings. It’s the mis­sus. She and the gals have had a chat. And they re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that they can use the BT50 but, er, is there not maybe some­thing a bit smaller they could use in­stead?

Now look. I’ve heard a lot of things in my life. But here I was of­fer­ing the perfect ve­hi­cle for their road trip... and they wanted some­thing dif­fer­ent? I was dumb­struck for at least 28 sec­onds, un­able to speak.

Fi­nally, I man­aged, shaken: “Well, er... sjeeze. What about a Kia Soul then?” We still had the two Souls we had used in the an­nual Seven7 Drive char­ity run, al­beit back to stan­dard nick.

“Yes!” she said, clearly re­lieved. “If we can use a Soul that will be great.”

Kia South Africa gave per­mis­sion that the ladies could use it for their ‘Good Moms’ week­end away. And so, on a Fri­day af­ter­noon, they set off for Lim­popo, quite ex­cited about the road trip.

Hah, I thought. When they get back they are go­ing to ad­mit that the lumpy BT50 would have been a far bet­ter op­tion.

The week­end went by in a blur of run­ning af­ter kids, plenty of laughs, mak­ing lots of food, rounded off with some J&B in the evenings.

Sun­day af­ter­noon. The mis­sus ar­rives home. Of course, I can’t wait for her to ad­mit that they had been wrong about the BT50, which was ob­vi­ously the bet­ter ve­hi­cle for the job. They had prob­a­bly needed a winch at some point dur­ing the week­end.

But be­fore I can ini­ti­ate the ad­mis­sion of wrong­do­ing process, the mis­sus beams: “The Kia was perfect! We fit­ted all the lug­gage in the boot, and it was so much fun to drive. And it used al­most no diesel! We looooooooved it! Thanks so much!”

Well, it seemed in­ap­pro­pri­ate at that very moment to try and talk sense into the mis­sus. She seemed very happy. At least I know the BT50 would have been bet­ter.

In any case, who will ever un­der­stand what women re­ally want.

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