Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Learning to Drive



Every time I hear that song it reminds me of learning to drive when I was a kid. It was much different for me than it is for lots of kids these days because there aren't as many rural roads now as there were back then. By rural I mean unpaved roads that only had a few cars or trucks traveling them every day. The one we lived on when I drove for the first time was just under a mile long and it was a dirt lane shade lined with every kind of tree.

I think I was in about the 3rd grade when PaPaw decided that he could get busy farmin' earlier in the day if he taught me to drive my sister and I to school. It didn't deter him that although I could see enough of the road through the steering wheel to keep the car between the ditches, I couldn't see the road a'tall when I had to scoot down to push in the clutch to change gears. This didn't create too big a problem the times I scooted, pushed, and shifted all quick like, but when I didn't push in quite far enough and it wouldn't shift right off, I'd be weaving from one side of that little dirt lane to the other. That time right before we reached the end of the lane where I'd have to scoot way down in order to push in both brake and clutch, it finally happened. I wove too far one way or the other during my scootin' time and ran us off into the ditch. He took off walking and fussin' about how if I was gonna run into the ditch I could have done it back closer to the house so he wouldn't have to walk so far to get the tractor.

That was the end of my driving that day but by the time I was about 10 I could drive most things with wheels on it, if it would crank.

9 comments:

Donna said...

Well, we have something else in common...I was 10 when Daddy taught me...I think you are a Better driver when you learn earlier!hughugs

Donna said...

Hahaha, love the part of the story about getting in the ditch not close enough to the house! You were lucky to learn so early! My dad refused to teach me how because I was a "girl" and in his book, women did NOT drive. I had to sneak and take drivers ed without my parents knowing (forged their signatures!). I couldn't drive until I left home at 18. My mom never did learn to drive because he convinced her that she couldn't/shouldn't.

SOUL: said...

i love that song-- haven't heard it in forever-- it always makes me think of my dad too--- but on his boat. he wasn't around to teach me to drive-- but he did let me drive his boat-- i have a pic of me with him when i was about 3 sittin with him driving his hand operated motor boat. one of my faves.

anyhow. neat post. i love the memory lane type posts.

hope you have a great day-

Anonymous said...

Learned to drive a truck when I was ten. At a walking pace while the bigger folks bucked them bales. Then graduated to the IH's we had, could cultivate 40 acres before lunch! ;-) Loved that old 'B', The super 'M' was a little higher though. Took driver's training when I was 15 in H.S. so we could get the insurance discounts. Wasn't "tenative" at all.

JimBob

jazzi said...

I learned in Drivers Ed in high school. And the instructor (Football Coach) was as mad as a wet hen when he found out my parents hadn't taken me out driving before he got me. I was petrified!

Jeanette said...

I learned to drive in high school too, on a little course that was about a half mile square. By the time I got my permit, I hadn't even been out on a actual road! Crazy!!

Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

Scott taught me how to drive. Lord that will test a marriage for sure. :D

Sally said...

How funny!! I love it. :)

I guess we all have special memories connecting with the learning to drive!!

Hope you're having a good day, Ms. Brenda!! (((hugs)))

Virginia Gal said...

That is too cute, my dad didn't let me drive till I got my permit at 15 and even then he was petrified of putting me behind the wheel (we came to learn for good reason, ha ha, I'm a driving menace).