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I taught for several years at a residential school for children with emotional disabilities before staying home after the birth of my second daughter. I returned to teaching, finished my Educational Leadership program in May of 2012, and now work as our district's Writing and Social Studies Coordinator. I have always loved writing and find constant inspiration from my family. Maybe someday, I will get to see my name on the cover of a book!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Day #26: Look out World--Another Meehan Driver is on the Road


So grateful for the community of writers at twowritingteachers.wordpress.com. Happy Day #26!

It's been a long day, but a day of milestones. I just walked in to see my youngest daughter's new set of blue and green braces, having been at the DMV with my second daughter to get her driving permit.

Julia was far from pleasant before her driving permit test. Knowing her as I do, I know that when she is nervous, she is not her best self. I know, I know, not many people are, but some people are able to admit this and Julia is still working on this skill.

When her younger sister wanted a bite of the brownie I had just bought for her, she sneered.

"We got you your own cake pop," she said. "The brownie is mine."

"You could share both," I suggested.

She rolled her eyes and ignored me.

(She only ate half of the brownie and Cecily moved right in for the other half when Julia left the kitchen.)

When I told her that my bank statement would suffice as proof of her address, she argued.

"It has to be my name," she said. "I'm bringing one of the college brochures."

"Fine," I said. "Let's bring both."

(The DMV lady wanted my bank statement.)

When I called to her, asking her if she was ready, she snapped.

"I heard you," she yelled. "I just have to finish studying."

"You can keep looking over the questions in the car, but I'd rather be early," I said.

(We arrived 15 minutes early and they took us right in--yes, you read that correctly!)

Julia passed her test and was giddy, a state of being that rarely happens for this daughter! She took several selfies on the way home and gleefully put them up on instagram and whatever other social networks she is using to announce her news.

I got up all my courage and had her drive the mile of back road from the main road to our driveway. We have some serious work to do, but she does look cute sitting in that driver's seat.


Drive safely,




5 comments:

  1. Good luck Melanie! You've been through this once, so it should be a piece of cake, right? Ha! Ha!

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  2. Big day, Melanie! I love that my three now drive and do my errands for me when they are home...but those early days were nerve wracking. I love the way you shared reality in those parenthesis - those silent I told you so moments we moms know better than to verbalize.

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  3. The learning permit is the easy part! It was after they got their licenses that I really started to worry! Maybe it's easier with girls :-)

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  4. My most unpleasant memories stem from this driving time, sorry to say, but my kids made it, & Julia will too. Love the way you wrote it, still remember your "kindness" words! Good Mom!

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