I might be a better driver than you!
And I won’t get any tickets!
And if YOU keep talking, you’re going to be riding in the trunk.
Eyes on the road!
The light is green!
Let’s move it!
My oldest son, the high school mascot boy, started Driver’s Ed this week.
I’ve never seen that child take such dedicated interest in learning anything.
Granted, the monster was a natural on his dirt bike all those years ago.
And I always pictured him to be a decent driver.
When the time came.
Which, evidently, is right now.
After just one day of class, he was already an expert.
Monitoring my speed.
Correcting my hand position on the steering wheel.
Pointing out all the road signs that I’ll obviously fail to pay attention to.
Suddenly, I have new appreciation for the meaning of driving someone crazy.
Not only won’t I be getting tickets like you, I also have way better sense of direction!
Hey! You’re going over the speed limit again!
OMG! GET OUT!
Of course, I didn’t actually throw him out of the car.
But his future as a pedestrian was looking increasingly appealing.
We coasted along to the ultimate soundtrack to insanity:
The thumping music rattled my brain and bones as the rearview mirror reverberated in concurrence.
Then flashing train lights derailed my thoughts.
Those trains sometimes take forever to pass.
Or worse yet, they’ll come to a complete stop out of the blue, stranding lines of cars for hours.
So yeah, I was less than pleased.
And so was my son.
But not because of the train.
Apparently, that was the second inappropriate word I’d used in just a matter of minutes.
Figuring I was on a roll, he helpfully downloaded a Bleep app on my phone to censor my inappropriate moments.
Fortunately, the train passed in a timely manner.
And we were on our way again.
I’m probably already a better driver than you’ll ever be!
I’m tempted to take both hands off the wheel and drive with my mouth.
Just clamp my teeth on the wheel, and see how well that works.
That’ll show him…
Show him what, I don’t exactly know.
At least render him speechless for a moment, perhaps?
But I really can’t afford to drive erratically like that.
Sure, it would set a rather poor example for my child.
And also, I’ve somehow already managed to get pulled over twice in three years in No Man’s Land.
Which amounts to more than I had ever been pulled over in all my years of driving.
There’s a line in my son’s driving handbook that cracked me up when I first read it:
Avoid turning your car into a deadly weapon!
Well, my boy nearly broke protocol the first time ever behind the wheel.
Yesterday, he officially got his Learner’s Permit after acing the written test.
And so on the way to Driver’s Ed this afternoon, my favorite mascot thought he’d surprise me by starting the car before I made my way out the door.
Oh, but that wasn’t all.
He proceeded to throw the car into reverse…
And then panicked as he realized he didn’t actually know how to stop the car.
He barreled out of the garage and down the driveway at Nascar speeds, as I ran after him like a crazed woman being chased by the devil himself.
STOP THE CAR!!!
STOP THE #@&%*# CAR!!!
The car jerked to an abrupt halt straight across the street, halfway up the neighbor’s driveway.
Thank God the neighbor wasn’t home.
That guy never misses a thing.
YOU ARE DONE!!!
The brake is NOT just a decorative item!
Before I drop dead of a heart attack in the middle of this road!
And to think, this is only the beginning.
Did I mention I’m two days into a 14 day detox?
So I can’t even calm my frazzled nerves with a drink.
~Happy Friday, friends! Aren’t teenagers the best? Never a dull moment. Have a terrific weekend!~
At this rate, I’m gonna need to wear this thing around my neck like a cowbell.