For those of you that have teen drivers, you can probably relate. Those of you with little ones, just hold on and don't blink, you'll be here before you know it. You folks know that my youngest, who is our only girl, just turned 16 and got her permit. She's been begging to drive for weeks leading up to the big moment, however we resisted the urge. So I knew that the excitement of driving had been building up like a tidal wave for her. Safe to say, I was kind of dreading the first moment she would get behind the wheel. I mean lets face it the experience I had previously was with my 2 teenage boys and when they drove, you pushed your imaginary brake a lot, screamed slow down all the time and well pretty much held on for dear life. So that was my limited experience of teaching teenagers to drive.
With anxiety all over my body, I handed her the keys when she asked to drive on one of our more back roads. I prepared to hold on and probably squinted getting ready for the flash of speed, that well, never came. Wow, teenage girls are way different behind the wheel, I soon discovered. (This observation also explains why teenage boys insurance is higher). My beautiful daughter who still looks like she's 4 years old, gets behind the wheel and is actually careful and considerate and to put it bluntly, she drove her first day like a little grandma. My heart instantly leaped with joy! Wow, can this be happening, maybe it's just first time flutters of the first drive.
Well I'm happy to report that 3 weeks later, she's still driving like someone's grandma and I'm loving it! We joke most days of the line of cars that get behind her, we call it creating a train. We laugh about it and the funny thing is, is that she's patient, she doesn't care what people think. What I've noticed is that everyone around here is breaking the law and speeding and she's not phased by it. She's following the rules/laws and I love it! Actually I find myself slowing down noticing that she's watching me while I'm driving! Cause and effect...
I've come away from this experience so far knowing that maybe, just maybe we've done something right along the way and she really doesn't care what people think. Even if it's only when she's behind the wheel right now, it's a start and I'll take it!