I am teaching my daughter to drive. She has not been in a hurry, but last month I heard about a really disturbing incident.
I heard about a young girl who went to work. Her boss left an important work element (the life giving clipboard) at a local large warehouse store we shall call the big S. The employer was frantic because she did not have time to get this most important lifeblood of her business. So quite naturally she asked her young employee if she drove. The reported response was, “not legally.”
The employer handed this unlicensed, unpermitted, employee the keys.
“But, I don’t have my license or permit.”
“I don’t care. Go get the clipboard. We need it and I don’t have time!”
So the employee, with all her knowledge, experience and confidence gained from driving around the church parking lot one whole time time for 15 minutes, jumped into the big ton truck and proceeded to drive the 2.25 miles to the Big S.
Of course she arrived without incident. After all, teen-agers are invincible.
But now she was faced with a terrifying situation. She did not know what to do. I mean who would? Probably the excitement of being on “the road again,” or for the first time did not leave much thought to all the ramifications of this assignment. Driving to the warehouse was no problem, but without, you know, actual driving experiences plus the added responsibility of getting that clipboard, she never even considered the entire picture which included … parking.
Driving through “the back roads” through stoplights and stop signs without a permit or license or experience did not cause her any anxiety, fear or trepidation, but parking? What’s a girl to do? She knew she was in some serious trouble.
Frantically she circled the parking lot. She tried to park it but the “stupid” truck was just too big! Good thing she has such good common sense! After thinking it through she recognized her limitations and her options.
She made a plan. She began the execution of the plan. She drove to the front entrance of the warehouse, leaped out, entered the store, requested the clipboard and returned successful to the truck waiting idly by. Brilliant! Wasn’t she smart!
She drove happily back to work proud of her accomplishment and her quick thinking to solve such a terrifying and insurmountable problem.
So, after hearing this story, I slowly sank to the floor and requested that she do the same. I calmly explained to my daughter how utterly stupid and irresponsible this girl was for risking her life, the life of others, for breaking the law, for jeopardizing so very much for a, a, …. clipboard! I made her promise that she would never be so irresponsible. And that if someone asked her to do something illegal she needed to have the strength of character to say no!
I decided right then and there that was not going to happen to my daughter. To prevent such immature and irresponsible and flagrant acts against the law, reason and good sense I insisted she get her permit the very next Monday.
Surprisingly she drives really well.. except for parking.