Is it Safer to Run or Just Hide Here?

Today Tesla passed his test and obtained a learner’s permit.

This means my son can drive.  (Admittedly not until he finishes his first hour of behind-the-wheel training, but still…the State of California just authorized him to operate a motor vehicle.)

The preemie who spent 3 weeks in the NICU after reaching the world more than six weeks before he was due.

The baby who said his first words at exactly six months old.  (The words were “I love you” and he said them on Superbowl Sunday, 1996.  He’s been upstaging events ever since.)

The kindergartener who stopped me at the entrance to the school the very first day and said, “It’s ok, Mommy, I’ve got it from here.”

And the teenager who somehow manages to juggle school, activities, Warcraft and nascent plans to take over the world, while still finding time to go to Pinkberry with Mom.


Ahead of schedule, making an entrance, confident to a fault – and this morning, as proud as I’ve ever seen him, walking out of the DMV with his permit in his hand.  Does it make me feel old?  Not a bit.  Just proud.

But take my advice:  stay off the streets for 48 hours or so, or at least stay off the sidewalks.

2 thoughts on “Is it Safer to Run or Just Hide Here?

  • January 8, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Thanks for your post. I’m looking at my 6’6″ baby who will get his permit next month. I’m remembering when I picked him up from his first day at kindergarten. He was sitting alone in the hall outside the class. He saw me and yelled, “I hate this place! These teachers are mean, mean, mean, and I’m never coming back again!” Ah, yes. Warms the heart. I’m happy to report things got better. Thanks for your post. 🙂

    • January 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

      Thanks Piper! They do grow up so fast, don’t they? It’s amazing. Good luck with your new driver – I’ll definitely be updating on mine!

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