Somewhere in the blink of an eye we’ve gone from this:
In the spirit of full disclosure, my Dad has never actually allowed his granddaughter to commandeer his beloved ’32 Packard, but he has let her sit in the drivers seat a time or two.
In the Spring Semester of her Freshman year of high school, Emme began taking Driver’s Ed through Florida Virtual online classes. I had been hiding my head and dragging my feet about the fact that she turned 15 and could take the class and potentially get her driving permit. She wasn’t pushing it until a few months after turning 15.
The instructor told me it would likely take her 8 to 10 weeks to complete. She did it in 4. With an A. Why can’t that happen with Math?
And when she wanted to go take the written test I said “ok” knowing that many of my friends had kids who had to take the test 4 and 5 times…. She passed it the first time.
Then it all got real. Fast.
Right out of the gate I informed Fiddledaddy that since I taught her how to read, it was only fair that he teach her to drive. The first few driving lessons went well (I only know this because no one died) and eventually I
took a valium and sat in the passenger seat of the van while she steered a two-ton vehicle down the road at a rate of speed that would make it difficult for me to jump out if I felt the need.
It really was close to impossible to hand the car keys to her. I had even more issues with riding shotgun. And the thing is, she is a really good driver. I had to admit to her that perhaps I have control issues. “Ya THINK, MOM?”
Her 16th birthday came and went and she was content to hold her permit and not go for the license yet. In the state of Florida, you have to have your permit for a full year before taking the actual driver’s test. We’re now past that. And she’s turning 17 in a few months. SEVENTEEN.
She did discover that she might have a little bit more work to do. A few weeks ago, Fiddledaddy came in looking a tad disheveled. It seems he had to grab the wheel to avoid certain collision.
Him: “She may have to review the lesson on adjusting the sideview mirrors.”
Me: “She knows how to set the mirrors.” That’s the first thing she does when she gets into the drivers seat. I take comfort in that.
Him: “She adjusts them SO SHE CAN SEE HERSELF.”
Back to the drawing board.
At dinner tonight, Cailey casually mentioned that she will be turning 15 in a few months and was looking forward to taking Drivers Ed.
I look forward to hyperventilating in the corner in a fetal position.