August 02, 2011

All Over the World of Crazy

Crazy day. It ended with some stuff going on with Joe that has my head spinning I'm so pissed. He's back in the hospital and the list of people I could throttle is extensive and I'll put him on that list too.

Off that topic.

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Bones got braces today! Woot! He did clear on the top and teal and pink on the bottom. That is a boy very secure in himself to get pink and teal... since he's not getting them changed out until September 26th. I suspect he'll go with orange and blue.

The picture I downloaded of him from my phone was too big, so I'll have to post it tomorrow when I have time to edit.

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If music is said to soothe the savage beast, then obtaining one's Drivers License will surely soothe the tortured soul of a 16 year old. Riding High doesn't even begin.

I took him to a small DMV in a northern county to get away from the crowds and scum in Palm Beach County. We went a bit early so he could practice on their driving course, practicing parking at their test site. We went through it all. He just felt ready.

For the last two weeks I've been throwing him the keys and then essentially ignoring as he drove unless I saw something that needed speaking about. He has seemed more confident... like the car was an extension of himself, not his driving it, if that makes sense. He gets on and off of I-95 without issue. He changes lanes carefully. He's been in rain, night driving, traffic snarls, witnessed crashes, and although his experience is not lofty by any stretch, it felt like enough to tell him it was OK to get it.

He passed and he informed me that the Driver's test person told him he was the only one that had passed that day. He had a 2:30 appointment... they take them every half hour.

So not only was he thrilled he passed, he was more so to know he was the only one that day... and then when he realized he had a Bass lesson today he said, "Can I drive myself?" We talked about it and I said yes.

He took my car. As he left I said, "Dude, be careful of the idiots. This is the family car..."

And as bat crap crazy as he makes me, without my prompting, when he arrived... he let me know. Before he left, he let me know. I never had to ask. He just knew it was the right thing to do.

So today, he's a happy kid.

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Today my husband was at work when the phone rang and the front desk picked up. His office manager told him... a gentleman was on the phone for my husband's Dad. The gentleman had served with Pop in WWII and was on the USS Chase with Pop when it was hit by the kamikaze.

The gentleman didn't know Pop's phone number, but he knew my husband owned his business down here, so he thought he'd call to find Pop, ask how he was doing. He told my husband that today... Pop was really on his mind.

And my husband had to tell him... today was one year to the exact day... that Pop had died.

How odd... is that?

Posted by Boudicca at August 2, 2011 08:55 PM
Comments

Glad he passed the driving test. I got goose bumps all over after reading about your father in law.

Posted by: tina at August 2, 2011 10:33 PM

Congrats on the driver's license! It is SO liberating having an extra driver. Suddenly there is someone to send on errands and to chauffeur the younger ones around. That is until the novelty wears off ... and it does eventually! Get your "to do" list together and make hay while the sun shines. :)

Posted by: PeggyU at August 3, 2011 01:23 AM

Congratulations to your son for passing his test. It is another milestone. Kudos to him for being the first that day and for the Examiner who let him know. That had to be a great reassurance to him and you.

After my test, the Examiner said, "Technically, you passed. If it was up to me I wouldn't give you a license." He should have went with his gut instinct as I totalled my car 4 days later.

Posted by: sticks at August 3, 2011 04:41 AM

Congrats to your oldest. He is a great kid. And you always have weird things happen in your life. I hope it had a good effect.

Posted by: vwbug at August 3, 2011 06:06 AM

WOOHOOO for Ringo! I'm proud of him!

Posted by: caltechgirl at August 4, 2011 05:47 PM