Jacob's journey to get his license was a long and drawn out event. At 15.5 he got his learner's permit and drove a total of ...... 3 times before his permit expired. Sigh. Upon moving it took us a good year before we renewed his permit. Once renewed we STILL didn't do a ton of driving with him. It's just not as convenient when the main road we travel is a 65 mph route. However, despite our mucked up approach, he did manage to get his license -- at 18 -- and so far is a pretty decent driver.
Did we do it the right way? Well, not necessarily, but... he's still driving.
Fast forward a bit.
Now, it's Bethany's turn. She too got her learner's permit when she was around 15.5. She's now 16.5 and she's driven...... maybe...... 30 minutes total.
It's like deja vu all over again.
This past week she asked to drive on the trip to take her and Elijah to the library for their volunteer work.
I happily obliged.
I was nervous about her backing out of the garage -- you know -- mirrors, the side of the garage, not to mention the other vehicle in the garage parked beside us.
She did it.
Did I mention I always told Techno he should be the one to teach our kids to drive? He's the patient one. Me? Not so much.
Here's several of the comments I made as she drove. Granted lots of other conversation and dialogue took place; but these stayed with me as I smiled - yes, I did say smiled - upon returning from our driving adventure.
(Hmmmm, that sounds familiar.)
(as I grab the wheel to guide her over to the left just a bit.)
(I guess trying to nudge the steering wheel for her, freaked her out a bit.)
(As she zoomed through the Friendly store parking lot and right into the Old Corral lot.)
(As she zoomed toward 35 mph in our little subdivision)
This is why we TEACH kids to drive. It's not automatic.
No rush on our part.
This time won't last long.