I am a little excited but more scared about it.
My 16 year-old son passed his driving test last week. He can now drive on his own on the city streets of Toronto, but not on the highway. That's for another day's test.
For all of the years that I cringed at having to drive my children to their programs when they were younger, I long for those days now.
I AM excited for him and see from his older sister that she is a responsible driver. But deep down, I'm scared sh**less at the thought of him being behind the wheel on his own.
It's not necessarily because of his capabilities but how I see other drivers and pedestrians behaving when I'm out.
The examples are endless on any given day: jaywalking, faces in the phones while crossing the road, drivers who text and drive, bicyclists weaving in and out of traffic without a helmet, drivers speeding, drivers going too slowly, turning without a signal and flipping the bird at you for no big reason.
I hate to throw this into my sentence but, "It was a different time when I was learning how to drive".
The first time my daughter took the car on her own, she drove around the neighbourhood with her little brother in the passenger seat. It wasn't far but they loved it. I was nervous until they returned home.
We'll do the same for him but, with her being away from school, it might just be him alone in the car.
I wish there was something like a 'Teen Driver Alone, Nervous Mom At Home' sticker that I could affix to the car.
The best that I can do for him is trust in his ability and hope for the best.