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An Ode to the G.O.A.T. Stroller, the Maclaren Mark II

Maclaren Mark II Stroller
Photo: Kavi Reddy

Oh Maclaren Mark II, how we will miss you!

You were the 7 pound light that came into our lives when we were exhausted from trying to fold and unfold our too-big, too-heavy, too clunky City Min stroller. How you squeezed into bodegas and withstood countless beatings by baggage handlers. Remember that time I forgot you on a balcony in the rain? Yet there you were, the next morning, looking more resplendent than ever.

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I will forever miss your huge sunshade, your generous cargo hold (to be fair, I stored more of my stuff there than my child’s stuff) and your ability to fold and unfold with one hand, even while carrying a giant toddler and a purse. I am so happy I added a cupholder to you, to accommodate my tea. I will remain forever grateful for your smooth ride even on rough terrain, and your unmatched hardiness (remember when I used you as a jogging stroller on a dirt road for 6 miles?). Sorry for that time I spilled a hot latte all over you, and the time a pigeon tried to land on you. Sorry for the time my child used you to knock down a bunch of ladies at the airport. May you bring your next family as much joy and use as you have brought ours. Thank you.

Editor’s Note: Kavi is going to Hawaii for vacation later this month, and will leave the Maclaren Mark II at her hotel for future guests with young children to use as necessary. It “still has a lot of miles left,” she told me on Slack, “but we are a scooter household now.”


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