I made a BIG discovery today. I discovered the key to blissful driving while Cheyenne is in the car. I must say, now that I know it – it really was so elementary. I wonder why it did not occur to me before.
I know what you are thinking – duct tape. That goes with my tongue-in-cheek office sign that reads: “SILENCE IS GOLDEN. DUCT TAPE IS SILVER.” Let’s face it, teenagers are always too willing to share their unsolicited opinions of how everything in the world should be based on their many years of experience on the planet. In regard to teenagers and their opinions – duct tape starts seeming like a logical option.
But no, it wasn’t duct tape that delivered my bliss today – it was a book. And no, it wasn’t the bible. She wasn’t reading my favorite commandment – honor thy father and thy mother – and magically transformed by the word of God.
It was one of Cheyenne’s regular books – a big thick one that she gets lost in once she starts reading it. Oh the magic of a good book! With her nose in a book, she has no time to have her nose in my driving. No commentaries, no suggestions, and no criticisms – just peace and quiet.
Cheyenne closed up her book as I pulled into the turn lane to turn into her school. That gave her enough time before she got out of the car to exclaim, “You drive like a crazy person!” Ah, duct tape is silver.
Day one thousand five hundred and forty of the new forty – obla di obla da