I think that I must have gotten more gray hair today after JJ’s driving test.
We left about 2 p.m., and drove around the town where the driving test was for a bit more practice. Then I discovered that the driving test was to be held NOT at the driving school, but several miles away behind the bowling alley. So we got there with 5 minutes to spare and I found out that we needed $45 cash for the test. I had known none of this. The instructor said that he thinks he forgot to hand out the paper giving the information. He was retired but subbing for his son, whose wife just had a baby. In the excitement, he probably forgot. Between JJ and I, we managed to come up with $45. Whew.
First JJ had to do a skills test. Traffic cones were set up and JJ had to pull up to a white line without touching it, then back into a space, then parallel park between cones while the instructor and I stood outside the car. We couldn’t say a word except for the instructor giving instructions. The instructor was very nice. He kept encouraging JJ and giving instructions under his breath so JJ couldn’t hear. He told me that JJ had done these tests EXCELLENTLY in class, but today he knocked into several cones. If JJ got 6 points the test was over. He got a couple.
Then we did the driving test. I sat in the back seat and couldn’t say a word. I silently texted EJ, who was at home, during the test. It helped me deal with the stress.
The instructor could only give JJ instructions–about where to go, when to change lanes, and such. JJ made a pretty major mistake not too far into the test: There were lines alongside the street indicating parking places. A car had driven on them as if it was a right turn lane. JJ followed him. Oops. The instructor said sternly, “This is NOT a passing lane!” JJ corrected himself. He did other things like driving too fast over railroad tracks, and too slow when exiting the freeway.
At the end of the test, the instructor asked me if I saw JJ do anything that he needs to improve on. I told him a few things. Then the instructor discussed with JJ the things he had seen. He had JJ describe the restrictions of the Level 2 license. I thought, “Did he pass? Did he pass?”
♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ HE PASSED! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸❤¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪
I am SO GLAD this is over! Did I tell you that I think I got more gray hair today?