Well child #3 just got her learner’s permit. She has actually been eligible to do this for nearly nine months, but we just never found time to sit in the DMV for hours. So far none of my children have been chomping at the bit to drive. I am very happy about that. Saves some on the insurance premiums and saves a bundle on the wear and tear to my nerves. When they are driving I am in a constant state of prayer. I can't count the number of Hail Mary's that have accomanied my children's driving excursions. It seems like the news reports a teenager killed on the roads at least once per month. As I leave my neighborhood I pass two roadside shrines along the suburban thoroughfare that mark the site of a fatal accident involving a teenage driver. Most of these accidents are single car crashes related to driver inexperience, high speed, and all too often alcohol.
The Washington DC Metro area is not a fun place to drive. A few months after I moved here, my dentist asked me if I was grinding my teeth at night. I had no reason to think I was but he thought my teeth looked like I might. Then I realized I was grinding my teeth when I drove around the Beltway. I guess I am used to it now and it isn’t quite as stressful as it was at first, but I still don’t look for opportunities to drive. To the inexperienced driver, this area can be a nightmare.
We are fast approaching the season of proms, graduations, and end-of-the-year parties. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could weather these next few months without the tragic report of another teen killed while driving? Let’s keep all of the young drivers in our prayers. Remind them to drive no faster than their guardian angel can fly!