Friday, March 12, 2010

Flashback Friday Debut - 3/12/10

Mocha With Linda is starting a new meme that sounds like fun -- Flashback Friday will give us a chance to swap stories about specific times/experiences in our lives. You can join the party by posting your flashback on Friday and then linking up over at Linda's blog.

This week's Flash Back:  How and when did you learn to drive? Do you have any particular memories associated with getting your driver license? How old were you when you got your first car and what was it? Who paid for it?

Driver's education was part of the school curriculum. It was so exciting when you finally enrolled for it. And also a little scary. You never knew who you were going to get stuck with. Most of my classmates were farm kids. They were already experienced in driving tractors, trucks, and other farm implements. Then there were the not so experienced drivers. Some had been driving on their permits for some time. Others had never been behind the wheel. Scary!

There were always five of us in the car. The teacher and four students. On the passenger side, the teacher had his own steering wheel,  brake, and gas pedal. Just in case he had to help the student behind the wheel. Or save us from being a statistic. I don't remember which of my classmates were assigned to my car, but overall it was a pretty uneventful experience. I still remember the fear of having to parallel park for the first time. Oh the agony of it all. lol.

If you didn't pass the class, you didn't get your driver's license. I still remember walking out of the DMV with my new license. It was a liberating feeling.

I was 20 when I bought my first car. It was a Ford Torino. Gold and black.  My second car was a Chevy Camaro. Baby Blue. Yep, I was into muscle cars. Still am! lol. 

Thanks to Linda for hosting this new meme. If you'd like to play know what to do.

Peace and Joy,

2 Peter 1:4 (NIV) Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.


2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Including mine, this is the 3rd Camaro mention I've seen! Camaro love!

Joyce said...

Fun post...I am already doing a Flashback Friday over at Mylestones (she's a wonderful writer if you've never checked out her blog)...this one looks fun too.

Ah, the Camaro...never had one but I did have Camaro envy. Does that count : )

Have a great weekend!

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I wish they still offered drivers education is school.

I remember getting in that car with the other students and the instructor in the front seat and heading out of the school parking lot. It felt weird to be off driving around during school hours.


Thena said...

Parallel parking oh the memories. Made me fail my driving test a couple of times.

Mocha with Linda said...

I always loved Camaros! Fun story.

Thanks for playing along!

CeeCee said...

Do they still have the cars with the extra brake and wheel for the instructor? My son said he learned in a car without one--and survived! Thank God. Have a great weekend!

Love them muscle cars. I can't stand cars with wimpy wheels.

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

This week's Flash Back: How and when did you learn to drive? Do you have any particular memories associated with getting your driver license? How old were you when you got your first car and what was it? Who paid for it?

I'll play along here. I've already posted two things to my blog this morning. I'll try this meme out next week.

Things were the same for me as you Susan. We had this one gal in class who'd failed driving class twice before this one. Me and another student, a guy, got stuck with her in our car. Um... I hated it. She freaked me out. I was a good driver. I did very well on my parallel parking. I passed with flying colors. I got my license when I was 17. My parents bought me and my sister our first car, a 1974 Chevy Nova, gold. We drove it for about 9 months and they sold it to one of my class mates. Then got us a bright yellow VW bug from our neighbor. I drove that thing my whole Sr. Yr. So, there you have it in a nutshell! LOL Happy Friday!

Anonymous said...

I don't remember a whole lot about driver's ed. except what you described -- the instructor having his own equipment on his side of the car. I wished I'd had that when my boys were learning -- I found myself often pressing an imaginary brake!

Melli said...

You had 3 other students to kill??? Oh that would have been more than I could handle! I only had one! We had similar experiences though...

Quilldancer said...

Our Driver's Ed car was very much like yours. However, my experience was different. I was one of those kids with NO driving experience, so I got put in a car with some very interesting people. I could tell a week's worth of stories!

Kim said...

I'd forgotten about having to pass the driver's ed class at school! How I managed that I'll never know. LOL

So what muscle car do you have now? :-)

christy rose said...

my son is in drivers ed right now. I have a few stories I could tell about a momma surviving drivers ed myself. LOL

Heart2Heart said...


Ah those lovely memories come a flooding back on in. How wonderful I remember driver's ed class and how awful it is that they don't do that in high school any longer. WOW!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat