Crash Helmet Time

Yes, it’s true.  She’s driving.  My baby girl, whom I delivered just a few years ago, is behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.  If you live in the vicinity of Phoenix, Arizona, please consider yourself warned.  She has actually been driving for just over a year and she is a good driver if I do say so myself.  But, as the mom, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of your firstborn offspring driving away from the house for the first time in your life.  Who is going to monitor her speed?  Who is going to do every blinkin’ synchronized shoulder check with her?  I don’t enjoy relinquishing any amount of control… at all.  Is this what it feels like to grow up?  I don’t think I like it.

Her first adventure was to Walmart and I sent her brother along for protection.  He’s 11…. but he’s strong.  As they pulled away from the house, he crossed himself in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Made me laugh. 

She was sent with a list and her own cash.  Great!  Now if I send her to the store I have to have cash all the time instead of my handy debit card.  At the checkout line, she said the little old man cashier was a bit surprised a young lady like herself was price matching her vegetables for the lowest possible price in town.  I’ve trained her well. She was aghast, “Mom!  The Roma tomatoes were $2.19 per pound at Walmart!  The price match was $.50 per pound!”  That’s my girl!

This morning she drove herself to school for the first time.  Yes, we still homeschool.  She is taking a writing course and Spanish at a homeschool co-op.  This frees up more time for me, but I’m not sure how productive I’ll be while I pray without ceasing. 

Sometimes I wish they could stay 4-years-old forever.  So innocent.  So sweet.  So imaginative.  So stinkin’ cute.  But I do have my own personal shopper now.   Hmmmmmm.

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3 Responses to “Crash Helmet Time”

  1. leanne Says:

    I can’t even IMAGINE my now four year old driving away by himself in 12 short years. Yes, four year olds are so cute. So innocent. So sweet. So imaginative. But do you remember?? Do you remember wondering if you will always be saying, “Please take your fingers out of your nose.” “Do you have to go pee?” “Why is there a muddy boot in the middle of my bed?” “No, you will NOT be able to climb the walls if you put glue on your feet. No, you cannot even try to do it.”

    Sigh. But I’ll probably still pine for the good ol’ days when I watch him driving away.

    (I’m kind of a blog stalker, I seldom comment but have been a long time reader. You’re awesome. I’m Leah’s sis in law.)

  2. rixgal Says:

    Leanne, hilarious! Your day is so different from mine, but I do remember those times! Thanks for commenting.

  3. Jennie C. Says:

    It was just the other day she was planting her apple’s seeds. Goodness, I feel old right now.

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