The time has come the mother said, to talk about many things, of driving tests and teenagers, and licenses and things.
Get the idea? It's winter in New England and the time is running out on Abe's learner's permit. Driving has never been a huge motivator for him, even though he is 18 now, but with his Dad not driving, I really need to have another driver in the house.
And with Abe away at boarding school most of the time, getting a driving test scheduled is pretty tight. We (I) weren't able to book it so that Abe took his test through the driving school that he had used, so he had to go over with his Dad. Oops. One additional problem, testing is required to be performed in a car that has at least an emergency brake in the center console. Quick- think about your car. Where is the emergency brake? It's probably a foot pedal on the floor. Brrapp! Wrong answer, as far as the Registry is concerned. So Abe could NOT take the test in the car that he was most familiar with; we had to borrow a car from a friend.
The long and short story was that Abe failed the raod test the first time that he took it, primarily because the borrowed car was a lot more sensitive on the gas pedal than the family car.
Dad did not explode but I told him to go back into the registry and renew Abe's learner's permit. Another oops. In between the time that Abe got his permit and now, the rules of the game were changed to be more stringent. So they would have to get Abe a brand new permit under the new rules and he'd have to go to driver's ed AGAIN, but even longer. That isn't going to happen.
So now it's try to schedule the test again within one month. This time, we were able to schedule it to go with the driving school (much moola, though). And we hope for the best.
Up bright and early to try again.
Deep sigh. He failed again. Now I have to figure out when he's going to re-take it AGAIN. After the test, he spent several hours driving me around. If only, I can get him to take the test in the driving school car, but after several hours of driving me around. Hmmmm.
Abe may not have been anxious to get his license, but let me tell you, little sister Rosie certainly is. She has it all mapped out. She'll take the 1 week class during next year's school vacation week in February and then right after that, she'll be 16 and eligible for her permit. Zoom, zoom and she's off!
(In her dreams!)