Friday, May 31, 2013

Mom Drives ME Crazy

Mom: (sharp intake of breath)
Me: That scares me to death!

Mom: SLOW DOWN!
Me: Can you not frown?

Mom: (silently gripping door handle tight)
Me: Wow, your knuckles are white!

Mom: I'll drive home from here.
Me: But you have nothing to fear!

Mom: (heavy sigh) Fine, I'll try to stay calm.
Me: Thanks? (I hope I survive driving with Mom)

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  1. I remember those days! You've perfectly captured both perspectives. Thanks for sharing!
    Catherine

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! I try not to be the mom of this scenario, but I know that sometimes I am. =)

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  2. Yay, you did it! I can SO relate to your daughter here. My mother was always so nervous when I was driving. Great job! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jama! The change of POV was a great suggestion! =)

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  3. I love it that you showed the other side. So good!

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    1. Thank you, Ruth! It is as hard to be the teenager learning to drive as it is being the parent teaching. "I try to be calm." LOL! =)

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  4. White knuckles, deep sighs, you've captured the scene perfectly here.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret! Unfortunately I've captured myself here (sometimes). I try...=)

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  5. My most UN favorite time as a parent, Bridget. You've written it perfectly!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Yes, I agree, this has not been my favorite phase of parenting, but on the upside, I don't have to play chauffeur to at least one child. =)

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  6. Perfect. I love seeing the other point of view.

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    1. Thanks, Liz! My daughter has been patient with me...despite my less than patient moments. =)

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  7. How perfect it this! I would be that mom... which is why hubby took our 16 yr old son out driving.

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    1. Thanks, Violet! I am this mom (sometimes) but my hubby has taken my daughter out most of the time - which is better for all of our relationships. =)

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  8. Bridget, luckily, I've never had to teach anyone to drive but it brought me back to when my dad was teaching my sister. Sitting in the back seat I was SO terrified by their exchanges that I never accompanied them ever again. And it took over 15 years before I had the courage to learn to drive. I took MANY MANY MANY lessons from a CALM driver's ed instructor.

    Your poem is RIGHT ON!

    Cory

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  9. Thank you, Cory! Driving lessons are traumatic for everyone in the family - parent, driver, and siblings. I'm sorry you were traumatized watching your sister, but I'm glad you found a calm driver's ed teacher when the time was right. =)

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