It’s all downhill from here!
I would guess that most of the people reading this learned how to drive a car when they were teenagers. Probably you went to a driving school and had professional instructors and special cars with warning signs and safety features. I am not most people. I didn’t learn until I was quite a bit out of my teens and my future husband was my teacher. And his little old car was my classroom! For my first time behind the steering wheel we went to the nearby cemetery in our town. This may sound unusual but in fact it was a pretty good place to learn. Our town has a lake and this cemetery has a lot of shoreline on the lake. It’s treated almost like a park. During the nice weather you can see lots of people walking, riding bikes and standing along the shore with fishing poles and chairs. It has a lot of quiet smooth roads and of course not much traffic so it seemed like a good place for my first driving lesson. And it was going OK. Our car had a manual transmission so that gave me some extra trouble while learning. Having to operate an extra pedal with my foot, while moving the gear shift with my hand, was definitely one more thing to worry about than I needed. But this was the only car we had so off we went.
After a little bit shaky start, I finally got the car moving and was starting to get the hang of how to make it do what I wanted. Turning left and right, starting and stopping, slowing down and speeding up, checking my mirrors and trying to keep on the narrow roadways was keeping me busy. As you might guess the speed limit in the cemetery was very slow. And that was fine with me. The slower the better until I got more experienced sounded like a good idea. I don’t think I even got the car out of first gear on that day. That also sounded right. First gear for my first lesson; second gear could wait! After a while we decided that I had done enough for my first day so we started to make our way out to the entrance. My husband thought it would be a good idea to drive out along the road that went next to the lakeshore. That was part of a circle route that was one way only so I didn’t have to worry about cars coming the other way and it was wider than a lot of the other roads so it made sense to me too.
The funny thing about a lake is that all the land around it goes uphill. So that means that when you are going towards the lake you are likely going downhill. Now one thing I hadn’t done yet was go downhill in a car that I was controlling. So there we were driving slowly along when my fiancé/driving teacher told me to turn on a road I hadn’t been on yet. We went through a break in the trees and there directly in front of and below me was the lake. I know I had walked on this road before but now with me sitting behind a steering wheel and seeing it through the windshield for the first time it seemed like I was driving off a cliff and into the water! At the bottom of the hill was a sharp right turn to get us on the road that went next to the lake but I had no doubt in my mind that I would not make that turn! As the front wheels went over the top of the hill the car started to speed up. What the heck? I wasn’t even touching the gas pedal. What my soon to be ex-future husband/ex-driving teacher had thought was a great idea was soon going to kill us both! And in a cemetery! That was it! I put my foot all the way down on the brake pedal and stopped the car. I turned off the key, took off my seatbelt, got out of the car and then finally started to breathe again. Needless to say, the day’s lesson was over. Looking back, I still can’t believe he thought it was a good idea to take me on that hill. Of course he wasn’t trying to be mean, or scare me. He had been driving for so many years he just didn’t realize how scary something like that could be to someone without a similar background. Anyway, we made it back home and I even started talking to him later that evening! Oh, and the lessons continue! Please come back and ride along!
Striped pullover, necklace & long skirt @Ann Taylor
Bag @TJ Maxx
Bracelet @My Arm Charms
Shoes @Joe’s @Marshall’s
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