Thursday, July 17, 2008

Almost Old Enough To Play With Big Wheels Again

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

Most of you have been with me here for a little while now. A few of you are somewhat new. And if you don't fall into one of those categories, you probably haven't introduced yourself yet. (And on a side note... why the heck not? C'mon.... leave me a comment. Say hi. Tell me how cute my kids are. You know you want to!) So, knowing that you are at least passingly familiar with me, it should come as no surprise to learn of my mixed emotions over what will undoubtedly turn into one of the longest years of Jock's life and one of the shortest in mine.

You all remember that my handsome young man recently turned 15, don't you? That means that in less than one year, barring some major new Congressional policy, he will be driving.

Jock, as you can imagine, is thrilled with this. Every time a vehicle needs to be moved, no matter where he is located in the house at the time the request is made, we hear

I'll do it.

Anytime someone suggests taking a quick trip to the grocery store, we hear

I'll drive.

Now, I hate bursting his big ole teenage bubble, but um.... NO. No he can't. He can't drive yet. What he CAN do is move the car from the driveway to the street in front of the house. And, as we tell him frequently, he does it quite well. He always ends up parked straight and flush with the curb, just the perfect distance away.

I've never seen someone more proud of the ability to park the car. Unless you were to ask that someone's younger brother. The same younger brother who thinks that someone could walk on water if he wanted to. Well, that .... or drive.


Crazymamaof6 said...

Oh my ! scary year for you! love that he can park the car so well!! he'll be prepared for drivers-ed! love your youngest clapping! what a cute supportive brother!

Cecily R said...

He parks better than me. Sigh.

Bug is my new favorite. Holy crap that kid just gets to me!!! So cute!

Neutral Dwelling said...

I remember when......that sounds like me.

Wonderful World of Weiners said...

CJ's 19 and I still can't believe he can drive.

sigh....Connor is righ around the corner. 15 in September

Hallie :(

Alexandria said...

Omg that's awesome!!! And yes, it's a talent to be able to park EXACTLY where you're suppose to!

Stella said...

Ahhh yes! I remember those days! WAnting to get behind the wheel at any chance. Now, I beg my husband to move the cars if they need to be shuffled!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

I love the applause!
I too am not looking forward to a driving child! Here you can get a license at 14 1/2! That is 7 months for my son. I recently told my husband that he'll get a license when we loose all our brains! Oh sure he can drive the 4-wheeler, but a CAR? I just don't know!

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Dang. I want someone to come clap for me when I do a good job parking!

Karen said...

I love how he pulls five and a half blocks down the street just so he can drive a wee bit more.

And yeh, I'm a bit bitter that a mere 15 year old can park better than I can. He didn't even scuff a tire or run over a trash can lid.

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

Ahhh. I remember that time. When you can pull the permit out and demand to drive. EEK It's upon you, dear.

*~*Cece*~* said...

I have to view the video when I get home. But my step-daughter (19) keeps texting me to teach her how to drive. I don't know if I should or send her dad to do that job. Regardless, she wants to use MY car!

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Ah, yes. I remember being that age. I was terrified of the car.

Enjoy these next couple of years and good luck with the insurance premiums.

Susie said...

Wow sportsmama--this just may be a long year, but what happens when he gets his license and drives away? Yeah, I know I bring you good news right? Um, and he is just about the cutest 15 yrold I've ever seen! He'll be breaking about a million hearts during his lifetime. Go Jock!

Robyn said...

I'm sure he'll do fine. We all started somewhere. It's a huge milestone though.

latree said...

i'm good in driving, bad parking.
no longer driving, I'll take bus thank you.
i'll make sure to ask for his help when he's around while i have to park :D


MamaGeek said...

Ha! I'm a fairly decent driver but I hate parking! OY! I'm sure he'll be just FINE! :)

Flea said...

No no no! If he's old enough to learn, so's my daughter! (runs screaming from the room)