I had an exceptional summer…. I didn’t get to go anywhere fun this summer.
I spent the whole summer driving my kids to their summer job, summer school, and summer camps. Actually, that is not all I did. I pestered my teen all summer long to get her driver’s license.
I thought all teens will leap into action on the day that they are just old enough to drive. But my teen allowed her 15 and half birthday slip past without making a peep.
“Don’t you want to drive?” I asked, driving her to school one morning.
“No, not really.” teen, shrugging her shoulders.
“Why not?!” me.
“I don’t need to. You drive me everywhere I want to go.” teen.
Hum….The kid is wise. Why bother with driving when you have a 5-star rated personal chauffeur at your disposal?
“But I want to retire from driving you around!!” me.
“Oh! I will try to get my license then.” teen.
That was a conversation 6 months ago.
Nag, nag, nag, pester, pester, pester.
I made an appointment for my teen to take her written test last Wednesday at our local DMV office.
I hate going to the DMV office. A trip to the DMV office always feels like stepping into a tiny communist country run by uncaring dictators.
We stood in the line for people with appointments.
A stone faced DMV lady waved us to her station. I promptly produced our application and birth certificate, a required certificate for teens to take the written test.
“I need documentation that shows proof of address.” DMV lady.
I had called and looked online, nowhere did it say that we need to bring proof of address documentation.
I scrambled to see if I had anything with me. Hey, my driver’s license has my address on it.
“We don’t accept driver’s license as a valid form of proof of address.” DMV lady.
WHAT?! The DMV won’t accept my driver’s license. They issue these things.
“Oh, I have my vehicle registration in my car, that has my address on it.” me.
“Go get it, then get back in line.” DMV lady.
We got back in line with my car registration paper in hand.
I hand her everything, along with my registration card.
“We need two forms of proof of address documentation.” DMV lady.
“Oh, I also have my driver’s license….” me.
“We don’t accept driver’s license.” DMV lady.
“Well, I don’t have anything else with my address on it.” me.
“You can go home, and get another documentation.” DMV lady hand me back everything, trying to wave me away.
“What about my appointment? Will you still honor my appointment?” me.
“Your appointment is at 2:40, you have half an hour, you need to be back by 3:10” DMV lady, waving the next people to approach.
I needed Superman to fly me home and be back by 3:10.
Get A Driver's License !
I had set a goal of getting her driving written test done before school. School was starting on Monday!
I drove out of the DMV parking lot, turned into the next street, and saw: BANK OF AMERICA.
Capitalist to the rescue…
I swung into the B of A parking lot, ran into the office, and asked a friendly personal banker to print me a banking statement.
I was back in line at the DMV office, and got to our DMV lady station by 3:07.
We made it!
A short while later, we were called into another window. Then to the station to get the photo ID picture taken, then on to the testing area.
I went to sitting area and waited.
20 minutes later. Two teens came out of the testing area, and informed their parents that they did not pass the written test.
You can fail this test? I thought this is one of those tests where everyone can pass.
Oh no, I can’t stomach another round of this torture.
I spotted my teen coming out, looking long faced. A sinking feeling assaulted me.
“How was the test?” I asked.
“I passed.” teen answered looking unhappy.
We waited around some more, and finally got our driver’s permit.
“Congratulations!! ! You can now take driving lessons.” me, inside the car, very happy.
“Why do you look unhappy?” me.
“My picture ID is terrible! When can I change that picture?” teen, looking at me all sad eyed.
Ha, ha, I can’t wait to see it.
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