My Dad and I were talking about what it was like when I reached driving age and he told me it was pretty much the worst experience of his life. His annoyance started to ooze from his pores and I got that crazy Dad look from him like I was that teenager again.
I honestly couldn’t believe his statement that it was the worst experience of his life.
I then started to remind him of all the other stupid and horrible things I did in my youth and this somehow didn’t comfort him.
In my defense my Dad was the worst freaking instructor ever. Imagine Mr. Miyagi (silent and pushes you harder) and Samuel L Jackson (total badass and gets scary when loud) mashed up as your father figure giving you driving lessons.
Despite what Samuel L Jackson said in Pulp Fiction – It. Wasn’t. Cool.
He sat in the car, crossed his arms, glared at me and didn’t say a word.
I was so nervous I was going to screw up that I couldn’t concentrate. I reversed instead of pulling forward. I forgot to use my blinker. I came out of a shopping center parking lot too fast and the car made the THUMP SCREECH noise.
The whole time he just made this face -
He is terrifying!
This horrible experience lasted all of 15 minutes and he signed me up for driving school. This was mandatory to get my permit but he made me take the extended course twice. TWICE!
To this day my Dad still won’t let me drive when he is in the car and I am fine with that.
Toyota has a program for Toyota Teen Drivers – This program not only helps teen drivers but also helps parents become great co-pilots for their kids. I told my Dad about this program and suggested we took the course so we can one day learn to drive together.
He laughed at me and said if I can survive the course with my daughter then he will consider it. Maybe.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Toyota Women Influencer Network aka TWIN. I was not compensated for this post or participation in the program.
About Leila DontSpeakWhinese
Leila, aka The Ninja, is the advocate for all things not whining. Parenting is fun when everyone stops b*tching! She is the Mom of a big blended family of four awesome kids. They ninja kick through life together. Oh and she is a total jackass.