A Sunday Drive

Last Sunday I was once again headed out to bring KT to work at the aquarium at the Crack O’ Dawn.   On a whim, I gritted my teeth, tossed her the keys and told her that she could drive us into Seattle.  Despite my qualms, I figured it was a pretty safe bet.  Traffic would be light and the sky was clear, but not so sunny that the sun would blind her.  It seemed as though this was as good a time as any  to let her do her thing. 

Once she finally stopped jumping around with delight our KT very skillfully backed out of the driveway and stopped sideways in the middle of the road.  She had somehow forgotten how to get to the aquarium despite the fact that we have been going to for three days a week all summer long.  I gently prodded her memory and we were on our way. 

We made it to the freeway without incident.  KT was feeling confident and  in control.  Then it started to rain.  I merely shrugged and told her that this was a perfect time for her to learn to drive on the wet freeway .  After all, Seattle is known for it’s rain.  Just as she got comfortable again, it started to pour down in a very un-Seattle like manner.

KT’s reaction was to do what she always seems to do when she’s unsure while driving.  She slowed down.  Normally slowing down on the freeway when it is raining would be considered a good thing.  But going twenty miles an hour on a limited visibility freeway isn’t always such a good idea. 

ktdrives (good thing there weren’t many cars!)

Apparently, there’s a very good reason that I’m not a famous actress.  KT was very aware of the terror that I had tried to hard to conceal.  As soon as the short torrent dried up and the sun peeked out again, my Shaun’s child started cackling gleefully.  “Mom” she crowed, “did you forget about the hills?”

A cold blast of dread struck my heart.  The steep hills of downtown…how on earth could I have forgotten those? For reasons unknown to me, I have always had a problem with driving up or down a steep hill.  (Shaun seeks them out just to mess with me)  I suddenly remembered the main reason I hadn’t let KT drive us to the aquarium.  I wasn’t sure I would make it home to see my good child…the one still sweetly sleeping back home. 

I made KT put our automatic transmission in low gear and keep her foot on the break at all times.  I cringed as car doors opened and red lights loomed ahead.  My wicked child complied while she rolled her eyes and laughed at me.  (That would be her father’s influence.)

Somehow we made it to our destination safe and (mostly) sound.  I couldn’t get my keys back from KT fast enough though. 

Shaun can take her on the next Sunday drive….

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Bit O Life

Miss KT in action

kt in action

(Can you believe they let 15 year olds behind the wheel? Do you know how squirrelly they are???)

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29 Responses to A Sunday Drive

  1. nancy says:

    Susan,

    I have commented before about my husband’s reaction to taking our daughter out for her first driving lesson.
    He came back into the house after one hour on the road with her and KISSED the floor.

  2. Patsy Ann says:

    Yeah, for you – one more mile stone behind you! Now she can drive you through the hills while you bury your head under the blanket! and good for KT she is moving up in the world.

  3. KT looks very cool and calm, Susan ;p

  4. Shaun says:

    I have a tour of Seattle planned for Susan: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/steepest.htm. She’ll be a changed woman!

  5. Shaun says:

    Wow, WordPress is dumb. It put the period in the URL! Try again: http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/steepest.htm

  6. giveitatry says:

    Ooooh, I don’t look forward to the day when my kids actually drive.

    KT looks pretty confident at the wheel!

  7. Susan says:

    Nancy~I completely understand where your husband was coming from.

    Mom~I think the regular mountains are less scarey than the hills of Seattle. But that’s just me…

    Pretty~Oh…KT was fine. I was the one having all the trouble!

    Shaun~You’ll be the dumb one if you attempt to take me on any of those hills!!!!

    giveitatry~Trust me, it will be here faster than you think!

  8. Peggy says:

    On top of learning how to drive, KT had a nervous passenger! It seems that you both did just fine. Next time will be much easier for both of you, I’m sure.

  9. Carol says:

    Oh, can I ever relate!! Going through the whole driver’s ed thing with Elisabeth and Peter was insane enough, but when my twins hit 15 1/2… I insisted that they have a permit for a year before getting a license, and each time we went out, I white-knuckled it. Not because they were bad drivers (they weren’t/aren’t), but because I had to endure each experience TWICE!

    Carol

  10. Jay says:

    When I was 15 I didn’t see any problem at all with 15 year olds driving. Now that I’m almost the big FOUR-OH, it scares the heck out of me! 😉

  11. Jeff says:

    I’m so not looking forward to my kids learning to drive. My daughter is five years away. I hope there is mucho maturing that happen in those five years.

  12. gawilli says:

    My daughter is 28 and I still have trouble riding with her without clinging to the “oh sh*t” handle. She drove in Chicago traffic for two years and it ruined her! There it is sink or swim. I’m glad she was a swimmer, but man…

  13. KT does look very calm and in control. I’m with you though. Just thinking about putting my life in the hands of a 15-year old makes me tremble with fear! Thank goodness I just have a dog and a cat neither of which will be driving anytime soon!

  14. Keshi says:

    she may only be 15 but it looks like she’s concentrating pretty good.

    Keshi.

  15. Pavel says:

    Good for KT!!! She looks like a natural behind the wheel.
    I’m NOT looking forward to the day any of my kids want to drive.

    PS: I finally answered your tag from a few days ago. Sorry I took so long…

  16. Newt says:

    when my parents visit and I do the driving I always feel like I am 16 again. I get nervous, worry about what they think. Don’t want them cringng in fear. Too funny.

  17. Tink says:

    I didn’t start driving until I was 17. Back then it was horrible, always having to be carted places, seeing my friends drive around. Now I look back on it with relief. I was NOT ready. But it sounds like KT has a good handle on things.

  18. Cazzie says:

    OMG thats scarry. I began to drive at the ripe age of 6yrs old..yep, paddock bashing in a mini minor..trying to roll it and do stunts…that got allthe hoonage out of me…and som now I just sit back and watch the hoons go by…
    Good for KT!!

  19. Jocelyn says:

    Okay, you’re trying to make the case that she’s squirrelly, but, honey, she seems like the one in this story who’s most nailed down and together.

    You continue to give me glimpses of my future. Well told, as usual!

  20. TaunaLen says:

    Ahhh, the sunday drives. It’s a wonder there aren’t permanent fingernail marks in the passenger seat back side door handle from sunday drives with my two unliscensed drivers. Hubby always takes the passenger seat, and I’ve braved the back seat on occasion. I don’t know how he stays so calm.

    ~TaunaLen

  21. wolfbaby says:

    my niecy girl is going through the same thing.. driving i mean. me not so much. Im not ready for that. I have many years to go before that day and am not counting them down anytime soon!!!

  22. J-Funk says:

    I hate the hills downtown too! They make my stomach turn. One time we got lost downtown and ended up in Queen Anne at the bottom of a hill that was so steep we couldn’t even get up it. We could smell our clutch burning! It was crazy. How do people live in these places?

  23. Diesel says:

    I can’t even believe they let ME drive, let alone 15 year old versions of me.

  24. Seriously, they let 15 years old drive there? Here in the UK you have to be 17 and there’s a lot of talk about raising the age to 18 or higher. She does look relaxed and confident, though.

    Nice writing style by the way 🙂

  25. mrs darling says:

    I was a nervous wreck when my daughter learned to drive. I finally had to give it all to my husband!

  26. JennieBoo says:

    😀 heehee… You’re a GREAT Mommy!

    I don’t know how many parents survived my “learning” to drive.

    Just take it nice and slow is what Daddy told me.

    Best of luck! 🙂

    I’ll be praying for you guys.

  27. Susan i am sympathizing with you…my 2 daughters just put me through driving agony & my son is almost learner’s permit ready – hence my grey highlights! 🙂

  28. It’s a fine blog you’ve got here.

  29. Susan says:

    UGH. I was working on response to all of you and had just gotten down to Jennie when IE decided it was time to close. Everything was lost.

    So thanks for all your comments, advise, stories and encouragement. Those of you laughing at me (Shaun) a big raspberry to you!!!