Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Adventures in Real Parenting: In The Driver's Seat
MathMan and Nate are out of school this week for something called Fall Break.
I know, right? Fall Break? Lots of schools have just gotten started. What can I say? It's Georgia. We like to be ahead of the curve on things. Starting school, voter suppression, French kissing the Confederate flag.....
So here these guys are, underfoot and messing with my routine. This is where I say "I love them, but....." because goodness knows I do. But I also love my routine. Everything is off kilter right now, though, so I can't really blame them. I don't know what it is - the change in season, the shortening of the days, the lack of alcohol in my system, the general ennui and bad news burnout that seems to grabbed a lot of us by the lapels and made us swear off cable "news."
And then Twitter went all fercockta this morning. That sounds way more fun than it is. I mean, how am I supposed to know anything without Twitter?
Aren't modern day complaints hilarious? Wah! I can't make the xBox work right! Wah! That store's ATM machine is on the fritz! Wah! My cable is out! Wah! The internet is moving slowly. Again!!!!
People, none of us would have survived the crossing of the oceans. We would have been fish food or, on a particularly rough day, tomorrow's lunch special. For those of you not living in the U.S., pick a World War to not have survived because....yeah.
But before I wonder too far into the land of low blood sugar and this ache in my neck, let me wrangle my thoughts back to what I thought I might tell you today.
When it became clear that I wouldn't be getting much writing/revising done yesterday, I acquiesced to Nathan's begging to go for a driving lesson. He's got ants in his baseball pants about learning how to drive a stick shift. See, we only have manual transmission cars. He doesn't master driving one, he doesn't drive.
Well, good thing our county is loaded with aborted subdivisions. The roads are paved and there's no traffic on the back streets where the developers didn't build before the bottom fell out of the real estate market. That's where we go for driving practice.
And the truth is, he did pretty well. This was his first outing with me, but he's been out with Chloe and with MathMan. So he's getting it. Sure the car stalls sometimes and his shifting still requires some finesse, but, for the most part, he definitely gets the concept. This is a good thing because this is the same kid who videotaped himself just a year and a half ago doing stupid things with a wagon.
For those of you who haven't been around very long, Nathan used to be referred to as The Actor. Not Good Actor, just The Actor.
So how about you? Are you feeling weird today or is it just me? What's stuck in your craw? Or are you stuck in second gear?