Thursday, April 16th 2016 marked the day Molly turned 16!
This birthday is a big one for any teenager. We had a full day with many things planned but the one thing Molly expressed a desire to do on her birthday was take her driving permit test. I promised we would try to make it happen and we managed to pulled it off. After a morning spent with Rusty at the orthodontist’s office it was Molly’s turn. I dropped Rusty off at home to enjoy his apples and corn on the cob and picked up Molly.
Before we could go to the driver’s license center we had to go to MedExpress to get the physical part of her form filled out. We were in and out fairly quickly and she was given the “all clear” by the doctor.
We then headed over to the driver’s license center so that she could take her knowledge test. This past semester Molly took Driver’s Education and was ready for her test, but even though Molly had been studying for the last two months and doing practice tests online she was still nervous as she waited for her number to be called.
When her number was finally called we walked up to the desk, handed over the necessary paperwork and Molly was assigned a computer to do her written test. In a matter of minutes she reemerged from behind the sectioned off partition with a smile on her face.
“I passed!” she triumphantly declared.
We then had to wait for her name to be called again so that we could get her driving log and so that we could pay her fee for the privilege of driving in Pennsylvania.
We had a wonderful government employee helping us. (He was the only one there that seemed as though he enjoyed his job.) He congratulated Molly.
He then went over the rules of driving with a permit and told Molly that she could drive anytime except between the hours of 4:00pm and 6:00pm. Molly looked puzzled, having read her driving book from cover to cover, and never having come across that restriction.
“Ok,” she said, “But why?”
“Because, ” he answered with a twinkle in his eye, “That is when I am on the road driving home!”
When we were halfway home I pulled over and Molly climbed in behind the wheel and drove the rest of the way home. We made it home in one piece and with smiles still in place. I must say this whole “teaching your child to drive” thing gets easier with #2. It is not nearly as scary as it is with your first.
So, there you go… Molly is celebrating, Toby and I are praying, and the whole family is warning you to “Stay off the highways! Molly is driving!” 😉