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Dawn Damalas Meehan is a single mom living in Orlando with her six children, ages 17 to 6. She's the author of Because I Said So and You'll Lose the Baby Weight (and Other Lies About Pregnancy and Childbirth). When she's not blogging, she can be found playing chauffeur, getting buried under a mountain of laundry, or explaining to her kids why they can't have an indoor Slip 'N Slide or a pet squirrel.

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Duct Tape Holds my World (or at least my van) Together

By Dawn Damalas Meehan |

When I wrote about Mom MacGyvers, I had a few people ask me about my duct-taped car.  Yes, yes, my car really is held together by duct-tape. I think of it as more of a fashion statement than a redneck quick-fix. They make duct tape in all sorts of cool colors and patterns now! Really, I’m not holding the van together; I’m accessorizing! And it’s awesome for those times (all 2 of them) when I’ve walked into a parking lot and have seen an identical giant, maroon, church van. No longer do I have to peer in the windows to see if the van is mine by the number of fries, empty Gatorade bottles, shoes, beach towels, and miscellaneous garbage on the floor. The creative placement of pink duct tape makes it so much easier to ascertain which van is mine!

When I first bought my big ole “church van”, I needed a vehicle that seated 8. My choices were limited to a Suburban or a big ole van. I opted for the van. Now that we’re a family of seven, a whole new world of vehicles would work for us (you know, if I won the lottery or something, or if some guy knocks on my door one day and gives me a new car of my choice just because I’m cute hilarious nice the 15th caller).

The check engine comes on often. I’ve come to think of it as a little Christmas light. It just seems cheerier that way.  A couple times I’ve actually checked the engine. As in – I opened the hood and said, “Yep, the engine’s still there. At least I think that’s the engine.” As you might imagine, this one goes through gas about as fast as I can go through a box of Little Debbie snack cakes. It costs me $100 in gas every week. It’s not exactly fuel efficient, but it gets us from point A to point B and I’m thankful for that.

Would you like a little tour of my van? Sure you would! Trust me, it’ll make you feel better about the condition of your own vehicle!

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Duct Tape Holds my World (or at least my van) Together

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The latch is broken so every time I stepped on the gas, the door would fling open. It bugged the snot out of me so I duct taped it shut. If I'm ever pulled over and asked for my registration and proof of insurance, I'm sure the officer will understand when I tell him I can't get to it because I don't want to mess up the tape.

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5 thoughts on “Duct Tape Holds my World (or at least my van) Together

  1. Kristine says:

    Great photo’s Dawn ;) I have some duct tape placed over my service engine soon light. I don’t need to be reminded that my engine needs work. I hear noises every time I brake or accelerate. That’s enough. Feel free to use that one too if it’s not already on :)

  2. Pam D. says:

    Yep I agree for the visor use hot glue. And they have color glue sticks and even GLITTER,ooooh. You should send this into Ellen Degenerus,sp?, she’d think it’s hilarious and maybe give you a new car.

  3. Susan says:

    Resourceful use of duct tape…I especially like the plaid take. I have to tell you I lol’d at all the labeling Brooklyn so kindly etched into your vehicle. How in the world did you not lose your mind?!?!

  4. Kimberly says:

    Yep. You should totally send this to Ellen Degeneres. She loves funny stuff like that. And when she finds out you’re a single mom and a teacher, she just MIGHT help you out!

  5. Althea J says:

    LOVE IT…. You got the right idea.. Love colored duct tape.. Keep up the good duct taping..

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