Archive for July, 2016
Mom bought a new house. She likes to buy houses that need work and fix them up and sell them. She says that she is getting older and that this may be the last house that she buys. She got the keys for this new house last Wednesday and the moving van comes on this next Tuesday. There are a lot of things that she takes over in her car. She has a lot of glass, pictures, potted plants, some statues, coo coo clocks…we take these things over in our cars. She could have the movers move them, but she doesn’t like to pay them for the extra time that it would take. This new house is nice. It doesn’t need a lot of work. It needs a new roof and the inside needs painted. Mom seems very content at the new place.
William has had a lot of interviews. He is even shaving for interviews. He normally will only shave once a month so this is a big deal. None of the companies that he has interviewed with have called back for a second interview. William wants to get a job and move out into an apartment. Then maybe he will go back to school.
Maggie had her temps last summer but we didn’t get to drive enough that she was ready for the test. She got her permit this week and we had gone out driving for the first time. Maggie said that she needed another tour of the car because it has been a while. We went to the same parking lot that Beth and I had gone to. Maggie and I traded places in the car and prayed over her and gave her the same tour and talk that Beth had gotten about the car. Since Maggie had some experience it was easier. We went around the parking lot starting and stopping, and then moved to the street. I also took her picture. This time there was a lot more traffic. These drivers were in lanes that all had the stop signs but lead onto the street that we were on, but they all raced up to the sign and stopped all at once. We had the right of way so if the cars had stopped gently and slowed down before the signs we could have gone smoothly around the circle. Since we were never sure if they were going to run the stop signs we had to slow down to almost a stop for each oncoming car. It was unnerving for Maggie. If people are headed to the hospital or are new drivers, sometimes they run stop signs. So since they were all going full speed to the stop signs we had to be extra careful. We made it around the circle without any problems. I hope to take the girls driving each day.
Their grandma currently takes them to school each day. She has diabetes and the eye doctor said at the last visit that when she got her eyes tested this year she might not pass and would not be allowed to drive any more. Mom called to tell me this last month. She asked that the girls get their licensees as soon as possible so if she doesn’t pass we can still get them to school.
Maggie and Beth got their drivers permits yesterday. We were all so excited. William isn’t ready to get his permit yet. I took Beth driving first. She was really apprehensive but has been driving go carts at school for three years.
She was thrilled and scared to get into the drivers seat. She wants to drive so badly but doesn’t want to try anything new. We said a prayer before she started and then I gave a short talk. The car is a two thousand pound moving piece of metal. The main goal is that in the end she is unharmed, the people with her are unharmed and everyone around her is unharmed. I talked about keeping an eye on what is around her. If a small child runs into the middle of the road, she needs to know if the other lane has a car so she can go quickly into that lane. We went over the turn signals and lights. She has never sat in the drivers seat so she needed to know what was what. We also looked at the heater and all the choices for heat and window defogging. The whole talk lasted less that five minutes.
I think that the most important part of driving is stopping. We have a place by us where there used to be a mall. The mall is taken down but the road around it and one parking lot are still there and in good shape. I had Beth drive a few feet in the parking lot and stop. She did that over and over for about fifteen minutes. Her stops became very controlled and not jerky. She was ready for the surrounding road. We pulled out and started driving around. She is a good driver. There is some traffic on that road. The business surrounding the mall are still there, but there was almost no traffic today. She was able to keep the car in the lane, not pulling to either side. I got out my phone to take a picture of her driving. She was so thrilled that I was comfortable enough with her driving that I would get out my phone. That was her moment of triumph, being trusted with me looking away. We went around the mall once and went back into the parking lot. She turned off the car and we traded places. She was very happy. We went back home and I picked up Maggie.