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Minivans: Love them or hate them?

Parents, have you succumbed to the allure of the minivan, or would you not be caught dead in one? TODAY is looking for minivan lovers and haters to participate in the Great Minivan Debate. Submit your stories here: We'll feature the best ones on TODAY Moms, and you might be chosen to appear on TODAY and settle the debate once and for all!Minivans: Love or loathe? Dorky or divine? Helpful or horri
It's the \"Mom Jeans\" of cars.
It's the \"Mom Jeans\" of cars.Lenny Ignelzi / AP file / Today

Parents, have you succumbed to the allure of the minivan, or would you not be caught dead in one? TODAY is looking for minivan lovers and haters to participate in the Great Minivan Debate. Submit your stories here: We'll feature the best ones on TODAY Moms, and you might be chosen to appear on TODAY and settle the debate once and for all!

It's the \"Mom Jeans\" of cars.Lenny Ignelzi / AP file / Today

Minivans: Love or loathe? Dorky or divine? Helpful or horrible? You get the idea... tell us what you think

To kick things off, here's a true story from Rachel Chamberlin Schwanewede, TODAYshow.com producer, mom of three girls, wife of Todd and a reluctant convert to the cult of the minivan:

About 10 years ago, pre-kids, we inherited a teal green mini-van from my parents. I wouldn’t be caught dead driving it. No way. Todd was like, “Sure. I’ll drive it. I don’t care.” One warm, spring day, about a year into driving the car, he was driving down our block (right next to our local high school) and the high school kids were all pouring out of school at the end of their day. Todd was waiting at a stop sign, windows down, listening to some rockin’ Springsteen tune (thinking he was really cool in his head), when a high school kid walked by his driver side window and said, “Dude: If I were you, I would kill myself.”

Todd has a great sense of humor and drove away cracking up, thinking to himself, “If I were in high school and saw a 30-year-old guy driving a teal minivan, I’d probably think the same thing.”

Though I must say, he ditched the van about a month later. :)

  Got a minivan story of your own? Submit it here! (You can send photos, too.)