Friday, December 6, 2013

The Transporter Got a Promotion

The Transporter has been promoted. He just got his driver's license yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I don't know who is more excited, the boy who drove himself to school this morning, or the mom who now not only has a Transporter, but also an errand man at her beck and call.

How did I manage to convince a 16 year-old to be willing to drop what he's doing (say, holding an XBOX controller at a friend's house) and for example, go pick up his brother from robotics club? Simple. Money.

He has to pay for his insurance, but we'll buy his gas if he'll be our go-to guy. I'm so excited to hand him a grocery list and my debit card and continue writing. Or whatever, but I'm thinking I've just gained oodles more writing time. Maybe Worlds Colliding (my sci-fi/thriller WIP) will get some more words added!

Or I'll be able to be able to spend more time returning visits. I give myself a B- for my current rate, but of course I'd like an A+. Over-achiever and all that stuff. The possibilities are endless.

He'd had grand plans for his first evening of having a license. These plans included, “Bye Mom, I'll be home later.” Instead he opted for, “I'm going take OYT to Game Force. I think he'd like to be along the first time I get to use my license.” So as it ended up, it was still pretty much “see you later” only he took his brother to dinner and bought himself a new ice scraper, and one for me since all of mine seem to vanish. They had a great time, and as their mother, I couldn't have been more thrilled that he chose his brother for his first adventure. That's the kind of thing OYT will remember and cherish forever.


Personally, I will always remember sitting with The Engineer at the kitchen table which overlooks the street, watching him drive away, actually excited to go to school.  We're holding hands, and both of us are a bit misty. It's was a good thing. Life is Good.

~Tina

14 comments:

Rachel said...

That's really sweet! I didn't get my license until I was 19 and I've found I'm not actually a fan of driving, but the freedom that it gives? Priceless, even if its a borrowed car. haha

Andrew Leon said...

Man is 17 and still hasn't taken driver's ed. He actively doesn't want a driver's license.

JoJo said...

He's growing up!! :)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tina .. that is such a lovely post - the brother taking his bro off on his first real car drive - so pleased for you both .. no wonder you were both sitting misty eyed in the kitchen watching them go.

That's great news .. every opportunity to drive that's the way to learn and become confident in being on the road .. though I don't think he'll have that much trouble.

Yay .. and more writing time - or Mom time ... a little space in life - can only help to destress and be more productive .. loved reading this - cheers Hilary

Pk Hrezo said...

That's a great idea Tina. Hiring him as the gopher. I need to remember that. ;)

BTW in answer to your question about Milo's rafflecopter, you can only enter via his blog, but once you unlock the first few entries, it opens up the others. :)

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Definitely use him while he is still excited to be driving! i remember those days :) Very sweet his first trip was with his brother.

shelly said...

Excellent! More time for you.

klahanie said...

Hi Tina,

This is wonderful news. I wish it had been that way with my son. I asked him to do everything correctly when it came to getting his driver's licence. I even paid for his first ten lessons. Then his mother and her husband interfered. He went out with them and bought a car illegally. He crashed his illegally driven car I begged him not to buy. Seven years later, his still doesn't have his licence and I am his chauffeur. Thank goodness there are sorted families like yours.

Wishing you a lovely weekend, Tina.

Gary :)

Jo said...

I still remember passing my test when I was 17 and that is such a long time ago. Freedom. I am glad he is so prepared to run errands even if you are bribing him with gas money. Hey, I'll come and run your errands for gas money too.

DAVID WALSTON said...

I remember that time in my life..
My parents did the same for me. I became the Errand Runner!

Ice Girl said...

That's awesome!

Milo James Fowler said...

Great names for the family members; I remember when I got my license, I had no problem running errands for my parents. I was FREE after all (or so I thought).

Annalisa Crawford said...

How sweet of him to take his brother out. I have my fingers crossed that my kids get along one day!

And yay for more writing time - I hope it works out like that for you. Usually when I expect to have more time, there's always something else to take its place.

M. J. Joachim said...

He's still a teenager, after all. I wouldn't count on all that extra writing time too much. My youngest turns 18 tomorrow, and oh boy, those xboxes have a way of making their mark on the world.