I was walking down the street today, carrying Simon on my hip. We were passing the local Goodwill and I was debating whether or not to go in and see if they had anything interesting. I resisted the urge and kept walking when I heard some people calling to me. I turned around and saw a man and two women with a stroller — an empty stroller. They asked me if I wanted it. They said they were going to give it to Goodwill, that it had belonged to a friend of theirs who had just moved to New Jersey and was getting rid of it, but Goodwill had a sign that said they can no longer take strollers. There they were trying to decide what to do with this stroller when they noticed me walking down the street, strollerless and with little person riding on my hip. I gave it a quick look over. It was pretty clean, definitely used, but still in good shape. It’s a Maclaren Techno XT, which I knew very little about other than that Maclaren’s are probably the most popular stroller brand in our ward (which has more than it’s fair share of babies). And since we have been considering getting a stroller for the boy (he has become opposed to our carrier in most circumstances but can’t walk for very long), I took it home. It handles well and Simon seemed decently happy sitting in it.
But now that I have it, I’m not exactly sure how to use it. I mean, obviously I put Simon in it and wheel him around, but do I take it on the subway? Just for short walks? Or maybe this will enable me to walk distances that seemed too long if I was going to have to carry Simon, but might not be worth spending a subway fare on? And then there is the matter of getting it up and down three flights of stairs . . . it is pretty light, but still kind of awkward, especially if I’m going to have grocery bags and whatever else to carry.
I’m not sure if my life got simpler or more complicated, but I feel pretty lucky that I just got a free stroller. Especially one that retails for $270.