Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Driver's Ed

So, how do you feel when you see a car like this?

Probably a variety of emotions if you are like me.

But, how do you feel when it is your child in that car?!

In North Carolina a student is required to take Driver's Ed before getting a learner's permit.   Parents aren't allowed to teach the course so we elected to go with a private driving school for this class.  The actual class was a 30 hour class (5 hours per day for 6 days) in addition to 6 hours of driving time.

Christopher took this class along with a couple of friends and seemed to enjoy it.  He wasn't able to do the driving part early on due to failing the "vision test".  He had just gotten a new prescription for his contacts and once we got those filled he did pass the eye test.  This was his first experience with the DMV - not too bad either.

On his last day of driving as we were headed to the school it started to sprinkle, then pour.  I knew what Christopher was thinking - "Oh, no".  I was thinking it too.  I also thought that this was probably a good opportunity for him to practice under less than ideal conditions - though maybe not for 2 hours when you are just learning.

In any event, he did just fine!  I think  he'll be a good driver.  He has a lot of common sense and is pretty level-headed.  He has commented that he isn't worried so much about driving as he is about the other drivers out there.  That is the difficulty, isn't it?

We are waiting now for some paperwork from the state (because we homeschool) and then we can go to the DMV to get his learner's permit.  Wow!  Driving.  My baby is growing up.