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)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

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

jama said...

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

Bridget Magee said...

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

Bridget Magee said...

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

Ruth said...

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

Margaret Simon said...

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

Linda B said...

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

Liz Steinglass said...

Perfect. I love seeing the other point of view.

Violet N. said...

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

Bridget Magee said...

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! =)

Bridget Magee said...

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

Bridget Magee said...

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. =)

Bridget Magee said...

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

Bridget Magee said...

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. =)

Anonymous said...

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

Bridget Magee said...

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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