Monday, May 31, 2010

Freewheeling

First she has to get a pillow to sit on.

Then she reaches down and pulls her seat in close.

And then even closer.

She looks in the mirror, and she likes what she sees.

Then her hand snakes forward and gives a little twist to the right ...

And the engine roars to life.

Oh my stars. My little girl is behind the wheel of a car.

Yep.

The Roo-girl finally had her first official driving lesson, which then, according to our state law, finally validates her learner's permit and allows her to get behind the wheel of a large deadly weapon with her mother in the death seat.

Please hold me.

Actually, she is doing well. A little nervous yet and not paying as much attention to detail to suit me, but we're all still in one piece.

And she is pleased with me as well.

I am actually a very calm driving instructor, even though I must tell you that there is nothing in this world -- and I seriously mean NOTHING in this world -- more frightening than sitting in the death seat of a car with your child behind the wheel.

But she views me as very straightforward, issuing instructions in measured tones and never raising my voice.

Calm on the outside.

Inside, however, my stomach lining is rapidly being eaten away.

I should get an Academy Award.


Crossposted at Mid-Century Modern Moms

10 comments:

The Bald Guy said...

And the Academy Award goes to... You.

Promise me you'll teach my kids too. Please. I'm too chicken to do that myself.

Ilona said...

My husband (her stepdad) taught my eldest daughter to drive. I absolutely could not do it -- gasping and jumping and squeezing my eyes shut, I was no earthly use as an instructor, and was certainly supremely annoying to the poor girl. Annoying to myself, for that matter, but could I stop it? NO, I could not. So I am totally impressed with you.

Cathy said...

lol Don't ya wish there was another set of brakes on your side? My husband taught me to drive and we didn't end up in divorce court but he drew the line at teaching our youngest. No way I wanted to take it on either so she went for professional lessons!
Kudos to ya for being brave enough and calm enough to take it on!!

Suzanne said...

Where does the time go?

It's yet another one of those times where to let your little one soar, you have to keep your feelings to yourself. :) You can tell her-in a year or two.

Tara R. said...

I'm proud of you... I am very familiar with the Mommy Brake.

Roger said...

Ah, it's a beautiful thing when the kids start to drive... Next thing you know they'll be home from their first year in college drinking all your beers. :-)

Congrats to Roo! You will do fine, especially if you listen to your mother. :)

Simply Jenn said...

Yep, totally academy award material. I just did a lot of screaming when teaching Kelsie to drive (she didn't like driving close to cars on her side so she nearly ran me into the sides of several bridges). Gib did most of the teaching and luckily she's a much better driver than I am. I did the math yesterday though and my son will be eligible for his permit in September. I may not survive this round.

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Ugh....My heart just lurched with you. I have several more years (I suck at math, it's why I write and sometimes I suck at that too) before I experience this with my own and I'm glad. It will give me time to prepare for my close up -- my own Academy Award moment.

Jaina said...

Congrats to Roo! How exciting!

My dad was a great instructor...my mom was a little on the nervous side when I was learning to drive. My dad did most of the driving hours with me.

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said...

When I gave Moo her first lesson I walked out with pillows strapped around my body and wearing a helmet.

 
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