Dad...can I drive the car? Those are frightening words in any language, but I am beginning to hear them more and more these days. They grow up too fast. My twin daughters are fourteen, about to start high school and are eager to learn to drive.
I suppose it's my own fault. I have always been a car guy and have three antique cars in our garage, my Model A, my dad's 1923 Overland three door coupe, a 1913 Overland Roadster, partially complete, or partially disassembled, depending how you look at it.
So the other night, one of my girls went out on her skateboard a little too close to dark, and I went out looking for her. We live in a quiet area, so I found her in less than a minute. She threw her board in the back and asked me somewhat shyly, "Dad, can I drive the car?"
A million reasons went through my mind why not, it was too dark, I was too tired, I had work to do, she hadn't exactly been cooperative lately, and I said, "Yes." Partly to reaffirm that we are on the same team. But I think the real reason was that these are the moments of our lives, and I don't want to miss them.
Teaching my daughters to drive is a moment I don't want to ever forget. And these kind of moments happen all the time, if we slow down enough to notice, and appreciate and enjoy them.
I did barter a bit for help with the dishes when we got back home. As we stood at the sink, she began singing a really depressing Taylor Swift song. I like Taylor but that song was too much to take at close range, so I said sing something positive. She began singing," I can't help falling in love with you," the old Elvis song but in a way that I had never heard. It was just beautiful, and I told her so.
She said that it was from a commercial and then watching it with her was another life moment together.
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