I have been instructed to clarify where van righteousness comes from and why it makes us laugh. We live about 45 minutes from the heart of Amish country. Whenever we venture that way in our 15 passenger van, Amish people everywhere we go stop what they are doing and wave at us. I know they are waving because they think we are one of their drivers or they just love large vehicles in general. It is funny. I feel like I am in a parade.
It is also true that I inwardly giggle when a family makes the leap to the 15 passenger van with the growing family size glint in their eyes. It is cute and it does make me laugh.
Other 15 passenger white van humor has involved my observation that they are used as inmate chain gang transportation, mental hospital transportation, and also custodial vehicles. We have a LOT of fifteen passenger vans at our church and many of them are white. We are not really in church but having a meeting of mental patients (the parents).
We are actually using ours less as I don't use it as much since I am not hauling everyone with me very often. So......I am not insulting van owners but finding humor in their use and the admiration of others, like the Amish. Forgive my mockery.