When I was about 10 years old, I pestered my father to let me drive the family car. Sooooo. . . . one Sunday, my father let me drive home from Church. Not all the way – but the last mile or so — on a road that was pretty vacant and ran in part along a corn field. I’d sit there peering over the steering wheel – my father with one hand on the wheel, one hand on the ignition and one hand on the gear shift. From then on, I was the “Chuber” driver (“CHurch UBER”) on Sundays.
Sometimes, my dad would take me to an empty parking lot and let me drive. Round and round. So I “learned” to drive at a pretty early age. When Lauren was about 12, I let her “drive” on occasional Saturday afternoons in our Church parking lot.
My father had a lot of wisdom to impart to me in my formative years (which – Donna tells me – are ongoing). He always told me when driving to keep my “eyes moving.” Watching. Left. Right. Check the mirror. And he always told me to watch for “little feet.” As I drive along a street, I was told to glance forward — under the cars parked along the street. Why? Because you can see if there are little feet — on the other side — below the car. And you can slow down. It’s easy to see an adult standing by a car. But there’s no way to see a child unless you see the “little feet” under the car you are approaching. I’m always watching for “little feet.” Try it next time you’re driving. Keep an eye out for little feet. . . . .