Monday, August 24, 2009

Who Taught You How To Drive?

Bunny is bossy.

Bunny is opinionated.

Bunny is a back seat driver.

When she was little, I would narrate everything I did, especially while driving. "Mommy is stopping at the stop sign. We always stop at the stop sign."

As she got older and started to go on walks to the park and around the neighborhood, we explained the rules of the road. Stop signs mean stop. Red lights mean stop. When the light turns green the cars can go. And so on.

Bunny thought it was pretty cool. She loved to point out the stop signs in the neighborhood. She loved watching the lights turn colors, from green to yellow to red and back to green.

But then, as children are often wont to do, she flipped it all around on me. Now when we get in the car, I have to follow the rules of the road closely or she's on me like a hawk.

"Momma, you have to stop at the stop sign."

"Momma, the light is red, stop now."

"Momma, the light is green, why aren't you driving."

"Momma, you are going to fast."

"Momma, you are going to slow."

"Momma, are you sure this is the way to Ama's house. This doesn't look like the way. Are we lost?"

"Momma, are you sure you don't want me to drive? I think I can drive better than you."

Okay maybe she didn't say the last one, but it sure feels like it. And only 12 more years before I can nag her about the way she drives.

11 comments:

Kelly's Ideas said...

Very funny - sounds like my kids....
Love,
Kelly
http://www.ivebecomemymother.com

Kari said...

OMG...I just realized that in a mere 10 years, my oldest will be getting her driver's permit. Lord help me...

Kirsten said...

She'd get along really well with my husband.

Christy said...

Too funny - I hate to admit it, but I struggle with backseat driving too. eck.

Michelle said...

Sounds like she's 3.5 going on 30...But luckily you'll be able to remind her about these conversations when she's learning to drive....

Karen said...

She and The Midge should get together. They could open their own little back seat driving school...

mommygeekology said...

LOL. It'll all be worth it when she starts driving...

Issas Crazy World said...

I'm laughing right now. Gah, the are you sure this is the way...Morgan does that to me all the time. Sadly, sometimes, we are lost. Ha.

Mocha Dad said...

My kids are the worst backseat drivers.

Kathy said...

Great post!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I can totally picture this. Adorable.