I don't wish to embarrass my second eldest DS - but he won't be frequenting this board anyway...but then I think he should not be embarrassed but pleased and proud as we are, his parents, for finally passing the driver's test to get his license! It's just that it's taken him a few tries to get it. I think the driving test is quite difficult - though some of his errors in the past were I think due to a certain inattentiveness - kind of being caught off guard or maybe just not thinking? I don't know...it's taken him time and practice and concerted effort I would think to remember all the little things one must do to drive according to the rules of the road. (He was my son who at a younger age was suspected of having ADD though with testing it was never conclusive).
Actually he is now very close to the age I myself got my driver's license...in fact, he was with me when I got it. I was something like 8 months pregnant with him at the time! I was 31 years old and up to then managed to get by without knowing how to drive...i.e. getting around the city with train, or bus or walking...depending. I finally realized more of a need to know how to drive when I was pregnant with my second child. I had a sense that getting around to where I wanted to go with two children would be far easier with an ability to use our one vehicle - since Ray always took public transportation to get to work. So I took a driver's ed course and this was in Montreal (or just outside of the city in the suburbs) and I was a nervous wreck during my practical driving part...but I persisted and when it came to the actual driving test I managed to pass, but honestly, it wasn't that hard! I am very sure that the test that my own children had to do here in Calgary was (from what I heard from them) much much more difficult! At 8 months pregnant it was a miracle that I managed to even fit behind the wheel of the car! I remember the driving tester fellow not asking me to do a whole lot of driving or anything terribly difficult (no parallel parking, thank heavens!). And so I passed it. It was, I am sure, not so easy for DS who passed it just yesterday (after a few tests over a period of time).
He managed for years to get by with public transportation which is pretty amazing in a city like Calgary that is built so that it relies so heavily on the use of the car. But lately he had found it most frustrating to not have the easier means of having a car to even go shopping for groceries (and he doesn't live in walking distance to a grocery store). Anyway now that's three of four of my children who have their driver's license. DD is the last one who so far hasn't felt a huge need to have and drive a car. So far...!