So when my (now 24 year old) went for her license I wanted nothing to do with that. This child could not walk from the living room to the kitchen without tripping. I was not about to put her behind the wheel of a metal machine that required more instruction than peeling fruit. After all, she couldn’t carry dishes from her room to the kitchen sink.
But her dad, Oh that man! Picked that moment to be the cool parent………
I have to be honest……I don’t know if it was because she was a sloppy teen, I was a younger mom…..I couldn’t. I just couldn’t. And I still can’t. She’s been driving 7 years now and ……………….I can’t.
Fast forward…the next one turns 15 1/2. Dad takes her for her temps and I’ll be darned if she didn’t pass. So here we are.
What changed??!?! I don’t know if it’s because it’s a different child, I’m older…..I don’t know. But I’ve been pretty ok. In fact, I’m pretty sure her dad and I have reversed roles
I don’t know, maybe it’s because I’m older and death doesn’t seem that far away. But I am OK getting in the car with my 16 year old behind the wheel. ?!?!?!?!?
So now she officially has her permit to drive alone. The state of Ohio deems that this human, this one that thinks the floor behind the bathroom door is her personal clothes hamper; this one that thinks it’s ok to keep a plate that held a Totino’s pizza 3 days ago, hostage in her room; until I demand it’s release…….is fine to be behind the wheel on 71 North at 5pm on a Thursday. Or on a curvy road in Indian Hill after huge storm.
Look……I’m not ok (Literally) But I’m not ok with my kids behind the wheel. Not my 24 year old that has a lot on her plate. Certainly not my 16 year old that’s new to the roads, has never been in a car alone and can be impulsive.
I’m not ok with my husband traveling the roads, on a regular basis, for work. Or my mom, still working…….3rd shift at that.
I know my family thinks I worry too much. Maybe I do. But I worry too much because I love SO much. I wish I could put everyone I love in a big bubble.
This mom is trying to process life!!!!