In just two short years *gasp* Reese will be behind the wheel of a car. Because of that, and the fact that she now occupies the front seat rather than the back, she has been paying more attention to the rules of the road and asking a myriad of questions.
"You can turn right on red, so why can't you turn left?" she asked at an intersection the other day.
"Well, dear, see all those cars zooming across the street? They will smash into you. That's why."
"Oh, yeah. I see."
And last night, as we found ourselves at another red light waiting to go straight, she observed, "There's nobody coming. Why can't you just go?"
"Ummm, because that would still be against the law."
"They should change that law," she shrugged.
She's also curious about the different lanes on the highway being labeled as slow, passing, etc. "I thought this was the slow lane? Why are you driving in it?"
"Because my exit is coming up and I don't want to cut across three other lanes of traffic when I get there."
I'm afraid she may be picking up a few bad habits from me as well. When the light changes to yellow she'll say, "Hurry, Mom, you can make it!"
I've started saying, "That's dangerous! You better not do that when you get your license," about various scenarios we encounter on the road. "That person cut me off when there is a huge space behind me he could have waited for...don't do that to people."
Reese likes to be super punctual everywhere we go. Literally. Everywhere. "We're going to Target? What time are we leaving?"
"I don't have a specific time in mind. Whenever I get ready."
"Well, what time will you be ready?"
She hates being late places. And by golly, if you're one minute late picking her up, we've probably heard about it. Multiple times.
During one of our talks about traffic safety recently, her attribute of punctuality crossed my mind. So I took advantage of that moment to explain, "Let's say you're out with your friends and your curfew is 10:00. If it looks like you're going to be a few minutes past 10 pulling into our driveway, do not speed or drive carelessly just to try and make it back exactly at 10!"
I thought she was letting this cautionary advice sink in until she replied excitedly, "I'm going to get to stay out 'til 10:00?!"