Tag: #learningtodrive

Chasing the Sunset

I’ve started my morning over twice so far.

The taste of my coffee wasn’t pleasing, so I made a Chemex. I hadn’t made one in so long, it didn’t drain completely, but this is how I felt regardless.

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Photo by Devin Avery on Unsplash

Did it not drain, or did I not give it time?

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This morning I recalled teaching my daughter to drive. It was a scary experience. Not teaching her to drive, but that she was learning with my truck!

When it was time for her to learn, it was time for us to move. We were living in the country on 40 acres, and the road to our house was treacherous to say the least. It had sharp curves and made of dirt.

The next house we found had straight highway running to it. The first time she went 65 mph she exclaimed, “This is exhilarating!”

I sat in the passenger seat, drinking in the excitement on her face. You want that look to last, but soon after she learned to drive she began adulting. Then you hope they remember the moments which caused that look.

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One time we were driving home, and she turned off the main road. It was late in the day and the Texas sky was pink and gold. Her favorite time of day. I didn’t know where she was taking us, as she turned down one road, and then the next.

She parked the truck and stared straight ahead. She had run out of road trying to get close to the sunset.

She said, “I was chasing the sunset.”

We sat in silence watching the sun go down.

Chasing that sunset was exhilarating for her, even though it was out of reach. I was happy she tried without worrying what the end result may be.

I hope you never stop chasing the sunset.

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Photo by Sapan Patel on Unsplash

Enjoy The Ride

I just got home and it feels good. Sitting here sipping tea and looking over the events of the day in my mind. My daughter is learning to drive and is a fabulous driver. It takes four hours to drive a two hour drive but it’s all good.

I started having a bit of a meltdown when I noticed it was almost 5 o’clock and we still weren’t home yet. Having spent most my of life in a hurry and years hurrying her, we are finally to the point where we don’t need to hurry. To allow God to lead and guide us through our day and enjoy every moment. We stop along the way at some of our favorite places. We may have left the house with a list and destination in mind, but it takes a while to get there.

I need to enjoy the ride because she will turn 16 in less than a month. In October, she will have her license and not need for me to ride with her anymore. I only have a little while longer to enjoy this and I’m gonna take it. I get to be in the truck with her, listen to all her favorite songs and she includes me in videos she sends to friends. We talk about everything and we share what’s going on in our lives. We include one another in every decision to do this life right.

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This is one of my all time favorite moments right before one of our journeys. This is what I call ‘roll outta bed ready’ with our appearance. We were hoping in the truck and she grabbed me and yelled, “Selfie!” We seized the moment, blurry eyed and all. Stop, hug, smile and then go.

We get our work done in the morning, and get cleaned up after that. We cook brunch and sit at the table to plan the rest of the day. We have fun but are responsible, and always have an intention set for the day. For now, she will drive and I will ride and try to be patient. Enjoying these moments we get to share, and slowing down to enjoy the ride.