Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Big Day for Favourite Daughter
FD rejected our advice over the last few months to have 1-2 lessons with a driving instructor to identify any problems or behaviours that we, mere mortal parents, may have overlooked, or worse, passed on.
While acknowledging it was a good idea, a ploy I now recognise as paying lip service, FD never did have a paid lesson.
Which is not to say that she can't drive, she can, in fact she's improved out of sight over the last few weeks as she's grabbed every opportunity to get behind the wheel. But, getting a driver's license is a lot tougher than it used to be, a fact I'm not unhappy about considering the high rate of fatalities amongst young drivers, and I knew a couple of paid lessons would have been wise and useful.
"What's that? It expired two days ago?"
This didn't look good!
Don't get upset I told FD, it's my fault!!
Then, a stroke of good fortune. He gave the car the all clear, the 3rd party insurance runs for another 12 days, we could proceed!
Note to blogger: Renew rego when you get home!!
I prayed again then wandered in to the newsagent to browse.
It would be at least 30 minutes, probably longer.
Sat on the bench reading the paper when Favourite Daughter reappeared, smiling sheepishly.
"Dad, I passed!"
Fantastic, well done, BIG HUG.
"I don't know how I passed! I made so many mistakes. He said I just scraped in!"
Doesn't matter, you must have done well enough to pass. Congratulations.
"Do you have $20 so I can get my log book?"
I should have known! She'll be wanting to borrow the car next!
Actually, what comes next is 25 hours of supervised driving logged in her log book before the hazard perception test and the final stage when she gets her P plates. It took her 12 months to get this far so who knows how long that will take?
No, I know it won't take long, she's keen as mustard and I know exactly how she feels, I couldn't wait to get my license and booked mine in on my 17th birthday, the first available opportunity.
Now she just has to convince her mother to get back in the car with her!!!