Do things slow down in your house? Or do they heat up? For us, summer has always been a bit of a challenge, as I know it is for many families. When the kids were small, arrangements had to be made for where they’d be and who’d be watching them during the days when their father and I were both at work. Now that they’re older, it’s more about the supply of cars and whether we have enough of them to get everybody where they need to be.
With four drivers in the family, four people working and three cars, we’re able to juggle transportation simply because the car portion of my husband’s commute is to get to the train station.
But with four drivers and three cars, we’re not so eager to add a fifth driver, much to our daughter’s dismay. At 16, she continues to ask when we’ll take her to the DMV so she can get her permit. I’d be quite happy postponing that event for as long as possible!
Sure, there are times when I’ve thought it would be nice if she could drive herself to some of the places she needs or wants to go. Last weekend, for instance, I had planned my entire Sunday only to be told around noon that she needed to get to the mall so she could buy birthday presents for a couple of friends. Having one of her brothers take her wasn’t an option this time. “If only you could drive yourself,” I thought to myself.
Which, I then thought, is probably exactly what she hoped I’d think. Sneaky!