Hubby did it.

Yes, faithful readers, Hubby passed the new driver’s maneuverability test with flying colors last Sunday.

You may recall I’ve been teaching Delightful Granddaughter to drive with no problems UNTIL it came to what the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) now calls its “maneuverability test.” 

I don’t know when, but at some point in the past 46 years, they replaced parallel parking with a maneuverability test. 

For this test, student drivers start with the front bumper between the first set of traffic cones, then drive forward through a 9-foot by 20-foot box, and drive to the left or right of the point cone located 20 feet ahead of the box as directed by the examiner

The student must then back their vehicle through the course to the starting position.

My granddaughter couldn’t do the driving backwards part.

If you read last week’s column, you will recall I couldn’t do it either.

“It’s impossible,” I said, throwing my hands in the air. “Impossible!”

So, I asked Hubby to teach her, fully expecting him to grapple with it, as well.

Nope! He drove through it and backwards perfectly — the first try!

I applauded him.

“You did it!” I said.

“I had to,” he said. “I would have never lived it down if I failed.”

Truer words were never spoken.

Faithful readers familiar with Hubby’s antics can probably guess the next words out of his mouth.

“I’m just a better driver than you,” he said with a smug grin.

“Just going backwards,” I retorted. “I have no trouble moving forward.”

So, just to show off, Hubby drove backwards perfectly over and over again as he showed Delightful Granddaughter how it’s done.

Then, after the driving lesson,  Delightful Granddaughter (a little turncoat) turned to me and said, “Sorry, Grandmaw, you’re not a very good driver.”


After Delightful Granddaughter flipped to the Dark Side, Shelley Terry told her a story from a long time ago in a newsroom far, far away, where  her co-workers sang, “The Little Old Lady From Pasadena,” (by the Beach Boys) every time she pulled into the newspaper’s parking lot in her red sports car. Zoom! Zoom!

Shelley Terry is a reporter for the Star Beacon. Follow her on Twitter @sterry_sb.

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