Last week, finally I agreed to let my Teen get his Learners permit; He wasn’t really bugging me and the only reason I agreed to get him the learners was, I signed him up for Drivers Ed during the summer break, in order for him to participate he needed his Learners… so off we went, he did awesome.. We went to the next town over to get his License and the 30-40 min trip my Teen asked me all kind of questions about the traffic Law and stuff like that; we had a ball. I was kind of excited for him and was determined I will be a good teacher for him.
He went and took the test and he did great, he missed 2 questions and missed none for the Street signs; he was excited and the Clerk at the Drivers license office announced that he passed the test however MOM can revoke the license at any time for not cleaning his room, dishes etc.. and she smiled at me it was fun…. we were both excited; yet I can’t believe that I actually have a son old enough to drive….. SCARRY…
So far so good, the newness wore off and this past weekend I decided let’s do this, I will let you drive and show you how to do it. I’m the mom, I can do this… right…??
So off we went, I again went over the rules, buckle up, no phone, no radio.. all the stuff Mom’s talk about and kids probly will not do when I’m out of the car.. so far so good.. we went down the driveway, still okay, went past the gate… still okay… now we are ready for the road… OMG.. there is a road… Let’s wait, there is a car…. and well 1/2 mail down the road there is another car, let’s wait on him, too…
I could have sat there and waited ALL DAY… okay, finally it was clear and I couldn’t come up with another excuse.. let’s roll… foot on the gas and on the road we go….
Now Honey, watch your speed limit, you are okay going 15 miles an hour.. we have a “Student at the wheel” sticker on the back… ..lol… he said “Mom, I’m okay”… okay honey.. okay.. just drive careful.. take a right.. so far so good.. I’m still okay… all the sudden about 1 mile down the road, I started to get nervous, I told him to watch the road, I felt like I was falling off the road, I freaked out, which made him freak out….. and that was it .. I MADE him stop the car in the middle of the road…. and switch. I could not after 1 mile sit there and watch my BABY drive on the road… this was not gonna happen…..
My Teen just said “Mom, you freaked me out”….lol.. he did great actually, he really did, he drove careful and perfect, it was me freaking out.. I have issues as a passenger… so we went back home and my teen joked around “well Mom, only 49.8 hours left on my driving before I can take the test… not bad mom… at least I got 1 mile driving experience in case anyone asks…lol…”
Boy this was a lot of stress… I can not believe this is so hard; after we returned back to the house my SIL took him for a nice long road trip for a good 30 min and he did perfect, she was able to take him.. I’m not.. I feel soo bad, BUT I can’t let go of my baby just yet….I hope this won’t make me a bad mom….
So about the Student at he wheel sticker.. I think they are a wonderful invention and I will buy 500 more so I can plaster my entire car when my Teen is driving, maybe I need to get some flashing lights, too…. I’m overreacting am I?? But in all honesty these stickers are wonderful, people will know right away that there is a “NEW” driver on the wheel and will back off a bit, or be a little more patience.
The teen on the other hand, didn’t think they were all that cool, BUT he understood my fear and he was okay with ONE sticker ( and under his breath he hoped for the sticker to fly away while driving..lol).
How do you guys handle the first driving experience? it is so scary and I just can’t get over that he is ready to go on the road… HEEELLLPPPP