Recently, I ran some very-yellow lights.
John called me on it.
He was aware I had cheated.
“Mom, you made a bad choice!” was what I heard.
“Red means stop! Do not go!”
It was quite a little sermonette.
And he was right.
No wrecks, no tickets, lucky me.
These days, I continue to discuss Rules of the Road with John as we drive.
I make him look out the window.
He can also read, if he prefers.
But no electronics.
He can wear his listening therapy headphones, but that’s as close to electricity as we get.
I see him watching everything out the window, which prompts sentences.
We play “read the sign” games.
Or my favorite, “Tell Mom when the light turns green” game.
Just in case my head isn’t in the game at that particular intersection, waiting.
And we talk about lights, directions, who gets to go next and other drivers.
“Chargers” was what my teenager taking drivers ed used to call them.
Drivers to be watchful for.
And the “point of no return” as the stoplight goes from “stale” green to yellow to
As John has gotten bigger, he can now legally sit up front with me, which I like much better.
Easier to chat that way.
Yes, a few more risks, with him in the front seat.
The rewards outweigh the risks, in my analysis.
Because sometimes I slip into my head too much, and ignore the young learner in the back seat.
Let us continue to always chat with our less-verbal kids.
Their brains are very aware.
Peace be with us,