Thursday, March 5, 2009


My son Brandon turned 16 today. I took him to the driver's testing station. He passed with pretty much flying colors. The top picture was taken about 2 years ago, the second recently. Wow. My baby (I don't really think of him as my baby, but remembering when he was is so easy) is driving, talking about college and careers... where did the years go?

Big transitions make you think about that time in your life. I can almost remember what it felt like the first time I got in the car and took off by myself. It was freedom in its purest essence. Alone, and with all the world within my reach. As long as I stopped at the store and picked up the flour mom needed on the way back.

Soon enough that road will take him to his future and out of the nest. If you have little ones, don't waste any time that you could spend with them. Even without missed opportunities, the years are gone in a blink.

As he stood in line waiting for his license to print, he grinned at me and said, "I'm free." "Not yet you're not," I said, but in reality, those years with a car of your own, before you take on a bunch of bills of your own (and kids of your own) are about as free as a human being ever gets.


Jessica C. said...

Tell him congratulations! I remember when I passed my driving test; my dad handed me the keys to the 5-speed stick-shift truck he drove out there and said "See you at home." Two hours later, I finally figured it out and drove the 4 blocks home. :-P

GetSilvered said...

Congrats to Brandon! I know that it's a time of mixed feelings though for you parents :)
Here in Australia, kid's can't get their licenses until they're 17, then when they've passed the practical test they have to do about 25 hours of driving with a licensed adult before they're let loose on the roads solo!

Nancy said...

Congrats to your son on the driving test! I have left an award for you on my blog, stop by and pick up when you get a chance:

Auntie E said...

I remember my first test,37 years ago. I can still remember the feeling. Freedom At last. Congrats on your Sons achievement and You for all the patience you had as he learned! :-)

Merry said...

Congratulations to your son. My 16 year old daughter does not want to drive. I am good with that.

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