Having a child on the brink of getting his license is scary! Having a child who knows nothing about not having blinkers or the possibility of them not working may be just as scary.
It was a day not too long ago that I had one of my many “mommy revelations” noting things my kids have no clue about that were ” the norm” for myself, my parents’ generation, and even my grandparents’generation. Hand signals were the topic of that day’s revalation and it was something that I quite honestly had really never thought about.
On that day, I asked my son to run to town in the Ranger, similar to a golf cart but with 6 seats and a little faster.(You don’t need your license to drive it.) I reminded him to make sure he stopped at corners and signaled his turns. That is when our conversation began. He reminded me there were no blinkers, asked why they would really be needed and why the driver’s education manual even included them. They were “old school”according to him. We chatted a bit about it and my oldest conceded to the fact that yes, he was going to have to use them at some point. That day was his lucky day- or the day he dreaded -, beginning the learning the signals!
Agreeing to the need to learn them was tough for my son, but for a kids who struggles with keeping straight his right and left, actually remembering which signal was which was not going to be easy. And so my teacher brain kicked in and with a little help of prayer and a favor from the Man Upstairs this popped into my head:
* Arm bent up at 90 degrees is a right turn because God is the Right guy to follow
* Arm bent down at 90 degrees is a STOP because it is the opposite direction from God and not they way to go.
* Which leaves an arm straight out to be a left turn because that is all that is left .
I know a bit cheesy, but it is working and is a subtle reminder that GOD is part of everything we do each day, even driving!
Not to mention, simply a good reminder for all of us….
“What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine.” — Oprah Winfrey