William has suddenly grown up a lot. He has started doing the laundry without being asked and he shaved this month after being asked one time. He will only shave once a month.
Beth went to a town about two hours away last Saturday with one of her friends. He doesn’t drive either so his mom, and another lady went with them. Beths friends girlfriend had moved and they were going to see her. They left at about nine in the morning and were coming back that same day. This is one of her first trips that was not organized by the school, that Beth has gone on without me. They stopped for lunch. Beth said that they had the best pizza that she had ever had. I asked if it was because she was really hungry, she said no it really was great pizza. They got back at about five o’clock. Beth had had a good time. We went to church on Saturday evening because Beth was back and Maggie was volunteering on Sunday.
Maggie went volunteering with her Enviromental Science group last Sunday. She needs to join a club. College isn’t just going to class, she needs some friends. Maggie left the campus with about four students and the teacher in a van. Maggie remembered to bring a drink and a snack without me having to remind her. That was cool. When we got to the campus to the meeting place, no one was there.Maggie was a bit worried. We were about fifteen minutes early. She said that maybe they were meeting inside. I parked and she went to find the group, she left her drink and snacks in the car. She came back a few minutes later saying that she had found them. She took her snack and water and left.
When I picked up Maggie about four hours later she looked so alive and happy. They had cut down the xxxxxx bush which grows to about forty feet tall and grows wild in the area. Maggie told me the name of what they were cutting down. When I talk to the kids I can’t take notes as we talk but by the time I try to write it down, I have forgotten all of the important words. There had been about ten or fifteen students,one teacher and one man that put something on the stumps after one was cut down so that they didn’t sprout again. They used hedge clippers to cut them down, so the trunks must have been small. Maggie said that the teacher directed them where to cut. When they had some cut they put them into big piles. She thought that the fire department would come in and do a controlled burn go get rid of the piles.The teacher gave them extra credit points for each hour that they stayed. The group cuts these plants down on the first and third Sunday of the month. Maggie had a great time and wants to go back. When we got home I asked her to write on the calendar the information about the next chance to volunteer.
When the kids were little I wrote everything on the calendar. Slowly I have let the kids write their own events on the calendar. At first they wrote everything too big. If there event was only for an hour there wasn’t room to write in a second event. They have gotten a lot better with time.
Maggie and Beth got their drivers permits yesterday. We were all so excited. William isn’t ready to get his permit yet. I took Beth driving first. She was really apprehensive but has been driving go carts at school for three years.
She was thrilled and scared to get into the drivers seat. She wants to drive so badly but doesn’t want to try anything new. We said a prayer before she started and then I gave a short talk. The car is a two thousand pound moving piece of metal. The main goal is that in the end she is unharmed, the people with her are unharmed and everyone around her is unharmed. I talked about keeping an eye on what is around her. If a small child runs into the middle of the road, she needs to know if the other lane has a car so she can go quickly into that lane. We went over the turn signals and lights. She has never sat in the drivers seat so she needed to know what was what. We also looked at the heater and all the choices for heat and window defogging. The whole talk lasted less that five minutes.
I think that the most important part of driving is stopping. We have a place by us where there used to be a mall. The mall is taken down but the road around it and one parking lot are still there and in good shape. I had Beth drive a few feet in the parking lot and stop. She did that over and over for about fifteen minutes. Her stops became very controlled and not jerky. She was ready for the surrounding road. We pulled out and started driving around. She is a good driver. There is some traffic on that road. The business surrounding the mall are still there, but there was almost no traffic today. She was able to keep the car in the lane, not pulling to either side. I got out my phone to take a picture of her driving. She was so thrilled that I was comfortable enough with her driving that I would get out my phone. That was her moment of triumph, being trusted with me looking away. We went around the mall once and went back into the parking lot. She turned off the car and we traded places. She was very happy. We went back home and I picked up Maggie.