Raising four kids with their own individual interests and activities makes for a busy life. There are days when I am driving from 3pm until late into the evening whether it be to basketball practice, choir practice, or a meeting. It gets pretty crazy around here not to mention I’m just plain old exhausted some days.
My 16 year-old daughter just got her driver’s license last week. Mission accomplished! Driving is a big milestone for any teen. She is beyond excited and so am I. She was the motivating force behind the process getting all the information needed for driver’s education class and anything else in order to be a licensed driver. She was all over it from start to finish.
In the short time that she has been driving its’ been a big help to me. She has picked up her sister from practice and done some grocery shopping. It has freed me up quite a bit. The funny things is that now that she has a license she feels perfectly comfortable telling me how to drive. I’ve only been driving thirty-one years to her one week.
Being responsible parents, we’ve established some ground rules for driving, and we don’t expect any problems. She’s just not that kind of kid. Thank God!
Several friends have asked me if her driving makes me worried and nervous. My answer is NO. She’s a good driver and I’m more weary of the other drivers out there. All I can do is think positive thoughts and pray for her safety. She is very safety conscious and will not talk on the phone or text while driving. I usually ask her to let me know that she has made it to her destination just to ease my mind.
Now that the excitement has worn off, I realize that this phase in her life is yet another reminder that she is coming into her own. (insert SIGH here) Growing up is a normal part of human development, that’s just what people do. I can’t stop it, it just happens. As she grows and matures, so will our relationship. I’m trying to wrap my mind around it.
It also symbolizes that my daughter is not a little girl anymore and she is making her way in the world. In two years she’ll be headed to college. I know time is flying by and it makes me feel some kind of way on the inside. I really enjoy her company and I’ll miss her a ton. Before you know it, I’ll be longing for the car rides to and from activities. It gave us an opportunity to talk about the day.
Despite all of my mixed emotions, I’ve decided that I’m just going to be happy for her and not focus on my separation anxiety. I’m experiencing a similar anxiety (on the inside), just like a baby without the crying. I’m just going to have to suck it up. These are happy times and their will be many more milestones to celebrate over the next few years. Plus, I still have three more drivers in the pipeline so I better pull myself together.
How did you feel when your son/daughter started driving?
Peace and Blessings,