Reverse course
Wednesday September 04th 2013, 11:13 pm
Filed under: Friends,Life

Nobody was around and nobody would know, right? So the kid got in his jacked-up truck and floored it in reverse and blindly on past the corner–and it is a fairly blind corner–and I can only guess which way he was going to throw the steering wheel from there at the T-intersection but it didn’t matter because he slammed on the brake after I left a bit of skid marks on the road doing the same.

The car behind me managed not to hit me either.

It was his mom, coming home early.

As he turned his face quickly away to avoid my eyes, I nodded to him: Proceed.

And he was off, at a prim pace just so.

The mom pulled into her driveway, I into mine, we got out, and she, a tad mortified, me, laughing it off, walked towards each other. This was one of those times when the UV sun exposure didn’t matter, we needed to come together in that moment and no later. Now. For her sake.

The first words out of her mouth were, “He’ll be in college next year.”

I so didn’t expect that–I laughed. It’s okay. Far better that he learn in a narrow miss with witnesses and caught than in something worse later.

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Thank goodness there wasn’t a collision!

Comment by Jody 09.05.13 @ 2:16 am

Glad everyone stopped in time, and hopefully the lesson sticks for that young man. 🙂

Comment by Pam 09.05.13 @ 8:02 am

Not unlike living in a small town. It is good for everyone.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 09.05.13 @ 8:16 am

Oh, Goody! Off to college where he can slam into dozens of students/cars! Obviously he needs an education. Hopefully, he learned something – cheaply!

Comment by Donald Meyer 09.05.13 @ 9:16 am

I had my own close encounter with a similar truck this morning. Um… one does NOT back up at a stop sign. The passenger jumped from the truck when I blew the horn; I have no idea why he was angry. I was the one they nearly backed over!


Comment by Channon 09.05.13 @ 11:28 am

WHEW! Close but no bananas, thank goodness! I think every young driver has at least one close call. I can only be grateful this was in front of his mom, and that she will duly pin his ears back for it.

So glad everyone is ok.

Comment by Pegi F 09.05.13 @ 7:15 pm

Our daughter, as a new driver, backed the van into the side of the garage door, then got a lesson in repairing both the van and the door. A good education indeed.

I’m so glad you didn’t get banged up!

Comment by twinsetellen 09.05.13 @ 8:16 pm

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