The key to blissful driving…

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

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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2 Responses to The key to blissful driving…

  1. tim haering says:

    I hope she doesn’t read your column. Because once she knows that reading her book is a relief to you, you will never see her read a book in the car again. Teenagers are plenty contrary when they wanna be. If you really want a quiet ride, let her secretly find out that you would go nuts without her running commentary, that her predictable comments and criticism enable you to collect your thoughts and plan your day, that her sassy teenaged yammer is the counter-intuitive key to your problem solving. Good luck. En bocca al lupa.

    • B-dubya says:

      Tim, you’re right on the money with your assessment and strategy in dealing with teens. Even the best of them can be so obnoxious, contrary and oppositional, but after raising four youngsters, I finally figured out that it’s a good thing that they behave that way: If they didn’t act that way, we’d never be able to let them go–and let them go we must. :D

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