What I got for Valentine’s Day

For many years I drove around with a gold chain license plate frame. It was an ironic hipster purchase made in my mid-twenties which later became a convenient way for my husband and me to recognize our car, a common make and color combo, in a crowded parking lot. Friends who met me as a mid-thirties mother would confess that upon seeing it for the first time, they’d ask themselves, “What’s up with the license plate bling?”

Last month I bought a new (used) car and sold my old one, along with the often mocked gold chain frame. The end of an era. Ryan and I bought that car together although we were not actually engaged. It was our first legal commitment.

On Valentine’s Day, he presented me with a surprise. Yes, there’s a little irony in the concept, but also complete sincerity in his support of what I’m doing in this space. Here’s how I roll now.

As an aside, having my license plate saved as a photo on my phone is a brilliant life hack. Now I can look it up whenever I need it.

P.S. For those of you worried about my security, I have transposed numbers in this photo so that this is not my actual plate number. I have no idea what the threat might be, given that anyone who walks by my house has access to these digits, but I see them blurred on reality shows, so I figured I better not share my secret license plate numbers on the Internet.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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