This house now has three teenagers that drive.
One with his license, one scheduled to get his license this weekend (fingers crossed)....
....and one with a brand new permit.
That would be my Rosie.
She took her permit test this past Saturday, and walked away with permit in hand. She said it was the scariest test she's ever taken.
She's been practicing in parking lots here and there for a while now, and I felt she was ready, so I let her drive home. For those of you city-slickers out there, I should tell you that means a bit more than just driving a couple blocks. None of the exam centers are nearby, with the closest being about 45 minutes away.
So with snow on the ground and salt on the roads from the storm the day before, she got behind the wheel, buckled up, adjusted her mirrors, and away she went.
"Oh God", she muttered as the car rolled over the asphalt. "Jesus take the wheel".
She did great. Her first time driving on the roads she drove all the way home from Lancaster. She dealt with twisty-turny roads, hills, little towns, speed changes, and last but not least, buggies galore. She learned the fine art of Amish buggy passing.
Not one horse spooked. Not one middle finger was raised in salute.
She's driven every day this week, and I have to say, she's a natural. She's already driven at night, on the highway, on back roads, and in busy traffic. I barely have to give her any corrections. Bigger than that, I actually feel comfortable when she's driving. Anyone who's ever done driver training with a teen knows that is huge. Those first 5 - 10 hours can be sheer hell, and I've got the scorch marks to prove it.
So I look forward to teaching this one to drive.
More than that, I look forward to handing over my grocery list in six months when she gets her license!
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