This past Saturday was a great day! It’s when I took my oldest to get her learner’s permit. Where we live, if you pass a written test, you can drive at age 14 if you are accompanied by a licensed driver. This means either you can teach them or you get buy them Driving Lessons Durham to help get them going a bit faster!
I was looking forward to her getting her permit and teaching her to drive. It’s a milestone. A right of passage, if you will. Thinking about it in the car on the drive that morning gave me a lump in my throat and made my eyes get a little misty.
Fortunately, Adele’s “Hello” was playing on the radio so I could play it off as a joke being overly dramatic and singing along. Who would’ve thought that such an emotional song could actually help me hide my emotions.
For as much grief as the D.O.T. gets I have to say our experience was great. We arrived 15 minutes early and got in line (about 30 people back). Ten minutes before they actually opened for business we were all let inside to wait in warmth.
Once 8am hit and the line started moving my daughter was in and taking her test in no time. I think I was more nervous than she was. There really was no reason, though. She’s a good student and had been taking (and passing) the practice tests online all week.
In 45 minutes we were in, out, and on our way to a celebrate at Starbucks.
Later that afternoon it was time for our first driving lesson. I’m happy to report that it went well. There were no accidents, raised voices, or tears. To be honest my daughter picked it up rather quickly.
I look forward to her getting more comfortable behind the wheel and giving her as much seat time as possible in the next 8 months. That will calm my nerves a bit when she gets her school permit and drives on her own for the first time.
My daughter getting her learners permit had me thinking back to the time I got mine. I don’t remember much about it but I do remember my Dad picking me up from school on my 14th birthday and taking me. One of the most important things he told me even before taking lessons was to make sure that I knew who had the right of way at different types of junctions. As this leads to a car accident and could severely injure someone, or worse. That’s why I’m going to teach my daughter this too so she can remain safe at all times.
I remember appreciating that he took time off from work to take me. That’s probably why I really wanted to take my daughter to get hers.
Who took you to get your first driver’s license? Were you excited to get it, nervous to get it, or a little of both.