Driving Miss Leslie...
Friday, July 2, 2010
This morning, I did something that I haven't done in almost 8 years.
I drove a car! Well...kind of.
I hopped into Hubby's pick-up, put it in neutral and rolled it forward a whole meter! (That's a little over 3 feet.)
Okay, so maybe it doesn't really count. But it is the first time that I have been behind the wheel in 8 years.
Has it really been that long???
I'm afraid so. The last time I drove a car was during my 3 month visit to the States when I was pregnant with Ashley. I still remember the first time I got behind the wheel. Hope and Nick were both shocked and concerned that their mom was about to drive. Nick even voiced his concern by suggesting that maybe Pappy should be the one to drive. As soon as they saw that I actually knew what I was doing they clapped and cheered for me from their carseats.
So, you're probably wondering why it's been so long?
There are a couple of reasons as to why I haven't driven in 8 years. One being that I live in a small town. EVERYTHING is within walking distance. The market. The kids' schools. El Jardin (the townsquare). Churches. Banks. Post Office. Hospitals. Etc. And even if I wanted to drive, I would have a hard time finding a place to park in El Centro (downtown) and would end up parking the car back at my place.
But the main reason I don't drive is because I don't know how to drive a stick-shift. (Excuse me for a second while I hang my head in shame.)
Years ago, when I first learned to drive I did so in a Datsun with a manual transmission. But then I went to live with my grandparents and every car they owned was an automatic. So, I forgot how.
In the last 8 years, my Hubby has tried very hard to teach me, but I just don't get it. Maybe it has to do with the fact that even though I'm 35 years old, I have a hard time distinguishing my left from my right. (I was supposed to be left-handed, but my mom insisted that I do everything with my right hand.) And the whole clutch concept is just too confusing for me. Three pedals to choose from, really?
When do I push the clutch in? When do I let it out? Do I push it in /let it out all at once? Or am I supposed to do it slowly? And why does the truck roll backwards when I'm about to step on the gas???
Now do you understand my problem? And don't get me started on the gears!
Maybe the first book I need to buy for my Kindle is a "Stick-shift for Dummies" kind of book!