Many times in life, the teacher becomes the student and the student becomes the teacher.
As my daughters approached the magical age of 16, there arose a dilemma. Soon they would be getting a drivers license. Every parent handles this differently, many delay it as long as possible, while others can’t wait for them to start driving so they can finally escort themselves to all the events and activities teenagers become involved in.
For myself, I couldn’t wait. I was glad they were becoming independent and since I was divorced from their mother , I had to drive over to their house , pick them up on Saturday and take them back on Sunday evening. If they had a car they could drive themselves.
I decided to do the same as my parents had done. When they became sixteen, I bought them a car, not much of a car, but it ran and it was safe, paid the insurance for six months and handed them the keys. My reasoning was the same as my parents, once they had the car, they wouldn’t give it up. It was time to get a job so they could pay for the insurance and repairs. I would be a great lesson in taking responsibility and teaching a work ethic.
This worked fine , until the last kid became of age. I found an old Mustang for her. It didn’t run very well , but I assumed it was fixable.
My gut was telling me not to buy it, but I bought it anyway. I didn’t want to spend more time finding another car.
The car turned out to be a total night mare, we were never able to repair it so it would run properly and finally traded it off, and lost money on the deal, not counting the aggravation. Lesson learned, always listen to your instincts.
Thus I became the student, learning once again to listen to my instincts, instead of taking the assumed easier and quicker path.
Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
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