This morning my four-year-old yelled at me from his booster seat in the car. "Go the speed limit please!" I looked at him in the rear-view mirror a little bit confused by his back-seat driving and said that I was. "No you're not, all the cars in the other lane are passing us!" I tried to explain to him that those other cars were going too fast for the snowy conditions and that I was trying to be safe. "Besides," I said, "it's not a race."
"You always say that when you go slow," he said.
Now, I don't know where he got his backseat driving mentality. It might be from my husband who shouts things at me when I drive. Like the other day, when I was pulling out of the driveway my husband bellowed, "Hello! Sprinkler heads!" Maybe the little one learned it from his older brother, or Aunt Teresa who affectionately calls me "A blue hair in training." Or, it might be all the passing motorists yelling at me to get off the road, or the pedestrians telling me to get off the sidewalk. I am not accusing, I am just saying, he got it from somewhere.
People don't yell at me all the time, some of them just honk. It is a nice change of pace really. I don't have to mentally censor a car horn.
I try to obey the rules of the road, I really, really do. I follow the laws of the land and try to be a defensive driver. You have to be defensive when people are throwing things at your car. Anyway, all I am saying is I do my best. I know that I get a little distracted from time to time--but whose idea was it to put a radio in a car anyway? Not mine. When "Celebration" comes on it is like an invitation to be happy, besides singing along to Kool & The Gang is not a crime. And lately I have tried really hard to remember to keep my hands on the wheel, even during the "Woo-Hoo" parts. That just shows how much I have grown.
My oldest son agrees with me too, the other day when I was dropping him off at school he gave me a compliment. "Geez Mom, you got your speed up to over 20 MPH this morning."
I blushed. "I can't believe you noticed."
"Yeah, the automatic door locks engaged."