I don’t think it’s ever come up on the blog but Hannah, at age 18 (okay, almost 19 now) does not have her driver’s license. She got her permit when she turned 16 and she drove a little bit but that was as far as she went with the process. Dale and I both rode with her back then and neither of us felt she was particularly ready for driving just yet. She was quite nervous and very tentative. She seldom asked us to take her driving and we decided not to encourage it for fear of pushing her into something she wasn’t yet ready to do. Also, we didn’t mind not spending all that money on driver’s ed.
Fast forward 2 years. Her permit is about to expire and she has been asking and pushing us to take her driving. She seems determined to have her license before she goes back to college and I think that’s a smart thing. She still won’t have a car of her own to take to school but at least she’ll have some options and she’ll definitely have more freedom to go places when she’s home without relying on rides from friends and family members.
Dale took her out driving last weekend and he said, while she’s still a bit tentative, that she is vastly improved. She’s not as nervous and the maturity she has gained these past 2 years is showing when she’s behind the wheel. The biggest problem right now is that our schedules don’t coincide very much. Hannah is working full time at a school for kids with special needs. Dale and I both work full time, as well, and our weekends are busy. Dale has the band and Hannah has her friends and coordinating time for driving is proving to be a challenge. Turns out, though, Dale had a solution.
He put her on his lawn mower.
He claims it’s good practice and is just like driving a car.
I’m sure the fact that he’s getting her to do his work at the same time has absolutely nothing to do with it.