I didn’t think I’d have this goal done so quickly! Last Sunday my husband was due to fly out of the country to visit his Mum who is not so well. He’d known for a few months that he wanted to go and visit and we decided on him going over the September school holidays while the kids where home… and then he thought two weeks wouldn’t be enough time so we pushed it out to 4 weeks then 6… then finally due to a double booking it’s ended up 7 weeks!!! There was just no way around it I would have start driving again so I could get the kids to school, do the groceries and pay the bills.
I had some refresher lessons in the latter part of last year but was still reluctant to begin driving on my own again. However I am now grateful for the lessons because the instructor concentrated on roundabouts which I was rather nervous about and since our suburb has a virtual plethora of them I am now very happy she was smart enough to suggest that to me.
Anyway we had a friend drop my husband off at the airport Sunday afternoon… lots of tears and goodbyes and so on… I was too scared to drive to the airport myself. Annoyingly there was a mix up that meant he couldn’t get on the plane…I had to drive all the way out to the airport to pick him up because our friend had gone out and was uncontactable… OMG!!!
I sat in the car and worked out the way I knew… through the suburbs I was familiar with and ended up following a bunch of people through annoying and confusing traffic jams and road works… I got out to the international terminal and didn’t know where the heck he would be waiting so I just went up the departures ramp and luckily there he was…
I was so proud of myself for getting there… :) It took all Monday and Tuesday to rectify the problems with the flight and then fast forward to Wednesday night when the only flight out he could get left at 11.45pm so I decided to drive out to the airport again even though it would be scary in the dark… hurtling along the motorway at 100kmph on relatively dark windy highways where you don’t really know the road or the lane you have to be in is pretty scary… I don’t think I would want to do that in a hurry but it has cured me of my nervousness to drive. I’m now driving all over the place having coffee by the beach and dropping the kids to school… going when and where I want…. this independance is very liberating!!!
So I guess this goal is DONE!!!