In Memory Of More Peaceful Moments


I took my boys for sports physicals today. The older one wants to play baseball. The younger one wants to play football–so why does he need a sports physical in the spring, he asked? Because you should go out for track. Why? Because track will make you stronger for football. Okay, he actually grasped that concept. One for mommy! It was his first sports physical. He is a Man now.

On the way to take them back to school, I stopped for gas. It was COLD. I made my high schooler get out and pump the gas. What do I have boys for anyway? I told him a boy who wants to drive should know how to pump gas first. He pumped. Later, after school, I took him out on the narrow country road in the middle of the badass West Virginia boonies and let him get behind the wheel. Yes, he abandoned HIS TURN on the computer and everything (!!!) for this momentous occasion. I spent a lot of time saying USE THE BRAKE!!! and STAY AWAY FROM THE DITCH!!! The road is narrow and twisty turny and DEATH AWAITS AT EVERY BEND!!!! Yes, I am a mother, why do you ask??? He actually had to PASS A CAR on the narrow road and I barely managed to not pass out.

Maybe I should get my own gas next time. I can’t handle all this growing up stuff.


  1. Joyce says:

    Just wait until he gets his license and takes the car. Gives new meaning to waiting up for him to come home. Both my boys are good drivers. But it’s the other drivers on the road that make me nervous.:wall::wave:

  2. catslady says:

    I hate to drive (didn’t get a chance early on) and made sure my 2 girls will drive everywhere but it scares me to death that they’re driving 😯

    Right after I received “The Beast Within” from your last contest – guess what I found buried in my too big tbr pile – how did that happen:hissyfit: I’m going to read it twice now:bananadance: I’m blaming it on dead brain cells:oops: But my sister gets a new book now:yes:

  3. Joely says:

    Suzanne, I just finished DEEP BLUE and I LOVED IT!! Do you have any other PAX books in the future? *pretty please, beg, whine*

  4. Fannie M Wiggins says:

    Both my children are good drivers and my hair isn’t completely white. Now my son gets to drive the way he always wanted to. He is a paramedic and drives the ambulance like a bat out of h&*#@. I think he lives for his shift. LOL. My daughter is a very careful driver as she has my 3 grandsons as passengers. Learn to live with it Suz, most of us survive these years. 😆

  5. TeresaH says:

    ahhh…I remember those days! Just think you only have 2 more to go after him. :rotfl:

  6. Anna says:

    Sounds to me like you’re handling it just fine, Suzanne. 😀

  7. Suzanne says:

    Catslady, yay for one to give away!

    Joely, I don’t know yet…..

    Thanks, everyone, for the commisseration on the teenage driving!

  8. Michelle says:

    I’ll bet he was over the moon and excited! :):bananadance:

  9. Melissa says:

    “Country roads, take me home
    To the place, I be-long
    West Virginia, mountain momma
    Take me home, country roads…”

    – John Denver

  10. Peggy says:

    My daughter got her G1 and I took her out for the first time when the weather was unusually mild. The roads were good and clear and no fear of slipping and crashing. However, I hadn’t realized that she had no idea how to turn left or right properly. Nearly gave me heart failure. So we’ve opted for empty parking lots for awhile instead.

    Have fun!!

  11. Tori Lennox says:

    You’re a brave woman. 🙂

  12. Carol says:

    I made my kids take lessons! I wasn’t about to get in a car with them until they learned how to drive! lol I agree with you Joyce. It’s the other drivers that I worry about now!