Which one’s the brake?
Well for my regular readers, you know that I grew up in China and have only been in America for almost 8 years. Our culture is so different from here that it’s hard to imagine. Something as natural for Americans as riding in a car when you were a child, is an experience that is rare for anyone over 20 in China. So I had never learned to drive. And I wasn’t unusual. None of my friends could drive either. Why should we? No one had a car and there were bicycles and buses and trains and of course, good old walking to get us where we needed to go. But when I moved to America, this was about to change completely! My husband works in the automotive industry as an engineer. That’s why he was in China when we met; and also why we live in the Detroit area. Long ago I had moved away from bad winters and cold to live in Shanghai. It must be true love, because when I moved here to marry my fiancé, I also moved right back to snow and ice for a good part of the year! So anyway here I am, in the motor city. It’s the home to GM, Ford and Chrysler, and probably the worst area in America for public transportation. After all, the whole economy is based on you buying a car! And to make matters worse, I was living in a very small town that didn’t even have a bus system! So it was pretty clear that I was going to have to learn to drive!
My husband and I will celebrate our 8th anniversary this summer. This is a miracle. Not because we don’t love each other, but because he decided he would teach me to drive! Having gone through this experience and survived, I can tell you that it is pretty dangerous to your relationship for you to learn to drive from the same person you live with! I am what I consider to be a pretty typical Asian woman. I know fashion, I know food, I know who the boss is around the home, but I am not real familiar or comfortable with machines. And this is especially true for those machines that take you fast enough that you can get in trouble pretty quickly. Now one of the nice things about living away from the big city is that there were a lot of quiet places to practice driving. As soon as we got out of our small town we were in the countryside. There are lots of farms, fields and dirt roads with not much traffic to use. But there were some bad things about living so far from where most of the jobs were. My husband drove about 100 miles a day to work and back and wanted a car that got the best mileage. And for him that meant that he had a manual transmission.
So let’s review. I had never sat in the driver’s seat of any car, anywhere. I had just moved to a country where I was still having trouble reading the street signs. I didn’t have a real good relationship with machines. My dear husband decided he would become my teacher for learning how to drive. And the only car we had was one of the few cars in America that didn’t have an automatic shifter! O.M.G! Even now I know a LOT of people who can’t drive a car if they have to shift the gears and here I was learning how to drive for the first time AND shifting too! My husband seemed pretty confident though. He had grown up in America and in cars. He had also been driving cars with shifters all his adult life. AND he assured me he had taught lots of other people how to drive these kinds of cars. So in his mind he thought, “What could go wrong?” To find out the answer please come back to my blog!
Hat @Rue 21
Crop Top @Guess
Teal Flower Bracelet, Strength elephant bracelet and Impressario bracelet @My Arm Charms
Black Bow Leather Bracelet @Macy’s
Pink Lace Skirt @Lord & Taylor
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Bag @Saks 5th Avenue
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