I am teaching my daughter how to drive.
For those of you who have been through this before with your child, you know how absolutely horrifying this can be.
Not that my daughter is a bad driver. As a matter of fact, she's pretty good.
The scary part is really more about letting go: of my baby, my car, my control...
This past weekend, we went out practicing. She had gotten pretty good at just driving around the subdivision streets and the empty school parking lot.
"Do you want to drive down to the school?," I asked.
"I don't know....that's kind of scary. I'm not sure if I'm ready for that yet," she answered.
Taking a deep breath, I said, "Well, if you're scared, that's the perfect reason to do it. Let's go."
So we did.
She drove all the way down to the school. This required her to go through a stop light, merge lanes and turn left in traffic. Truly scary stuff for a new driver.
She did a very nice job.
I guess we both learned how to overcome our fear that day.