Oh. My. God.
I cannot put into words just how thankful I am for my ability to get from point A to point B WITHOUT the use of my own two feet! Hear me out. I know cars spew out billions and trillions of pollutants into our atmosphere every day and it's plain disgusting. I have every intention of being part of the "In" crowd that owns an electric/propane/alternately-powered vehicle. One day.
Until then, I will continue to bask in the AWESOMENESS that is the modern automobile. You get in, turn a key (or simply push a button) and you're off! When that's not possible, you realize just how isolated we are in today's world without this luxury-that-is-really-a-necessity and how isolated we were before we HAD cars. We take for granted how easy travel is until it isn't.
One of my son's two school is a mile from our home. One mile. That's all. An easy feat in just about any mind. Add in a few hills, a stroller, a 45 MPH speed limit and take away sidewalks and you have an EXPERIENCE.
Trust me. It's possible but not entirely logical.
Without my car, I become housebound to the point of depression. Is that a symptom of mental instability or a sign that we're too dependent on our vehicles to get us around? I think it's the latter. I'm a creature of habit and I know my five year old THRIVES on routine too; this recent bout of immobility showed me exactly how much I depend on my car as a part of my routine. Without that one key piece, everything else falls apart.