Friday, March 26, 2010

Aimee Is Driving!

It's weird to have a child who's old enough to drive. Even weirder to actually have her driving me around!! Aimee has been very scared of driving. If you think about it, that's a very natural fear. To be behind the wheel of a vehicle is a serious responsibility and privilege. But we've been pushing her to practice driving and try to get more comfortable with it.
On Tuesday she actually drove to seminary (for those who don't know what it is... it's a very early morning religious class she attends at our church... which is about 15 minutes away.) This is the perfect time of the day for new drivers to be on the road- there's very little traffic at 5:15 in the morning!! And the route we take is easy... only a few turns, mostly straight roads... the only downside is that it's still dark outside.
So how did it turn out?
She did fantastic!! After arriving at the church (where we BOTH let out a sigh of relief!) she told me "that was actually kinda fun... maybe I should drive home too. I could even drive to the mall or something."
On Wednesday she not only drove TO church, but HOME too!! And she did good. I have to admit that there are times when I have to remind myself to take a deep breath because it IS scary. Not that she's a bad driver, but there are so many things that can happen outside of either of our control.
Thankfully, nothing bad did happen. She followed up by driving to and from on Thursday also. And even with it being dark she is doing wonderfully. Soon she really WILL be ready to drive to the mall!
(I'd happily post pictures of her driving, but I thought it'd be a lot more sane to help her with her driving than to take photos in the dark and blind her with the flash!!)


Erin said...

Congrats to you both!

Cassie said...

That's soo exciting. You are way brave to be the one teaching, I've already told Jeremie that is going to be his job, I'd die from lack of oxygen or a heart attack.

That is the ONE good thing about seminary, it is a great time to learn.

Madeline said...

I pride myself on being a strong independent woman. BUT I CANNOT teach my kids to drive. No. Not one of them. Hurray to YOU BRAVE MOM ! My hat is off to you today.

Madeline said...

Oops - I think I did - yep. And I did it again just now. Madeline is signed into her Facebook - and I didn't realize it.
. . . . .She has yet to try to teach anyone to drive. I however (me, Louann) have been unsuccessful. As was noted in my previous comment. Not Madeline, just me.

. . . . sorry for any confusion.

Mama D said...

Yay! What a huge step! How cool that she is doing so well.

Ray is our driver's instructor. I am not patient enough for the beginning stages. Seminary is the perfect time for learning to drive. Ryan got the bulk of his driving hours in during those hours!