I’ve discovered that for the next semester I’ve got a new job – Mom’s Taxi. Curly, my youngest son, starts his co-op placement today at the funeral home, and he’s trying to hold down his part time job at the grocery store. This week, he’s supposed to be at the grocery store within a half hour of finishing at the funeral home. He’s talked to his boss about starting later at the grocery store so hopefully in future weeks he can take a bus (if we can figure out which one he’d take). But even so, it looks like I’m going to be pressed into service since the local transit can take 90 minutes to get somewhere that would take me 10 minutes to drive.
He’s 18, and he has a learner’s permit to drive, but we only have standard transmission cars — and that’s giving him major problems as he cannot seem to get the hang of getting the revs of the engine to a point where he can release the clutch so the car goes into a forward momentum.
I learned to drive a standard after I’d had my driver’s license three years. AND it was before Sunday shopping was allowed, so Gizmo Guy took me into an empty parking lot where I could practice until I got the hang of shifting. (Poor Gizmo Guy was handed the keys to a company car in downtown Ottawa and told “here you go.” Talk about trial by fire, poor guy.) But nowadays there are no empty lots around here – the malls are all busy, as is the college, and the factories that have closed down have had their parking lots blocked off (probably to prevent vandalism).
Any readers in Europe have any suggestions of how I can help him? Because I’m stymied. It would make things so much easier if he got his license. (Of course, even if he could drive the stick, he’d have to wait to get his license since the people who are responsible for the licensing and testing have been on strike for nearly a month, with no end in sight.)