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1/22/17 the last practice before the driving test…

Beth went in to take her driving test. I wanted her to take her test before it snowed again The day before we were going in for the test I realized that there was a maneuverability portion that we had not practiced for. I called the testing place and asked if there was parallel parking on the test too. They said no just the maneuverability part. They were still open so William and I went over to get a driving book. I am always hoping that if William goes to the License Bureau with me, he will start to feel comfortable there and want to take the driving test too. It hasn’t happened yet. While we were there they had the maneuverability test set up outside. That was good so that we could see how to set it up for Beth to practice on. We had set up to leave the house about three hours before the test. This would give her some driving time before the test.
We went to a parking lot the day of the test to practice the maneuverability. In the test they have five big orange cones and sticks sticking out the top of them. The drivers can see the sticks. I told Beth that I didn’t have any cones. In the trunk we had some sticks that were each about a foot long. I said we could put these on the ground and she could get the idea of what needed to be done. She said OK. We looked at the book to see what was required. She had to pull up between the cones, go around the last one and be parallel to the first cones. That isn’t a very good explanation. I set up the sticks and Beth tried it. We had the sticks too close together. She ended up running some of the sticks over and the car was crooked. She looked so upset and so young and so small. All of her hopes for driving had just ended. The driving test was today, and she had run over the sticks. We adjusted the sticks to a more correct distance and she tried again. It wasn’t any better. I explained to her that she had always been my child that was good at everything that she tried on the first try. And if she wasn’t good at it on the first try she simply chose not to do it again.
She smiled and said yes. I explained that some things take work and some things that she works at she will really love. Not everything is easy. So she tried again..The problem was that she could only see the sticks for a second then the car was in the way since the sticks were laying on the ground and not standing upright in a cone. I went over and stood by the stick that she needed to be aware of, but not close enough that I would get hit. She practiced going forward and backward and to the left and the right. Eventually she got the car straight. She felt confident again. We picked up the sticks and drove over to the neighborhood that the drivers test was in. We were early so we found another parking lot and practiced again. Then we went to the test. I was confident. I trust her driving. We signed her in and sat for about a minute before they called her. Away she went. I said a prayer for her. They came back. I looked at her, sort of like how did it go. She shrugged like they haven’t said yet. We went up to the desk and the officer gave the paperwork to the clerk, she handed it to Beth and said that we could take it to the other table. I asked if she had passed and the lady said yes. We did a quiet woo-hoo!!! I wanted to take a picture but Beth said I had to wait until we got outside. We got her license and had her picture taken. It was exciting. My first child with a drivers license. After we went outside I took a picture of her, actually I took a lot, she makes all sorts of faces in every picture so I need to take a lot to get one I can frame. Then she took a lot of selfies.

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