Exciting Goings On For Our Sandwich Generation Family

by Kaye Swain

To those of us in the Sandwich Generation it often seems like Grandkids grow up even faster than kids - driving permit round 2Exciting times for my Sandwich Generation world this last couple of weeks! My oldest grandchild got her DRIVER’S PERMIT !!! I’ve been blessed to be included in helping her practice driving. I wasn’t too sure I was ready to start that whole “student driver” up again but overall, it’s gone quite well. She got a cute smile when I called her Jeeves and explained that was coz she’d probably be “chauffering” me for the next year. :) As you may know, the state of Washington is famous for the rain that keeps us lovely and green (hence its nickname, the evergreen state of Washington!). We thought she’d get a chance to practice rain-driving this week, until a different kind of excitement intervened!

A dead battery!!!!  We came out to the car after lunch today, dripping from the rain falling, turned the key, a tiny blink of lights and then NOTHING. So instead of heading off for more practice driving, she got a grand lesson on how awesome AAA Roadside Assistance Club plans and staff are and how to deal with dead batteries or other car woes. But God is so good. We were running late this morning and had decided to go to third service instead of second service. So we had made good use of the 45 minutes waiting by practice driving then. I didn’t know what was coming, but God did! So she got SOME of her driving practice in today.

Add some colds to the mix and we have definitely had plenty of excitement this week. Personally, I wouldn’t mind a little less excitement next week, but if God has other plans for us, that’s OK too! :) How about you? Have you been practice driving with kids or grandkids lately? Any tips, ideas, or suggestions? We’d love to hear!

Kaye

P.S. Thank you so much for your comments. I enjoy them very much and read each one. I also love the grand ideas so many of you share that help and encourage other readers. I do my best to reply to them all but value your patience when that isn\'t possible.

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1 Star Traci

Wow! You are a “great” grandmother for helping a student driver. My son is ten and already talking about when he starts driving. Aack!
:-)
Traci
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2 Kaye Swain

Thanks Traci! :) I have to admit, I spent the last year being a weeeeee bit concerned as I knew the question would come – “Grandma, can I practice driving with you?” But it’s gone really well overall and has given us some grand quality time too. :) And it’s fun seeing all the other kids out there “chauffering their parents (and I think I spotted a couple other grandparents) around. Once you get there, I bet you have a lot of fun times and fond memories too! :) :) :)

3 Joyce

Well I guess I’m right in the middle of that “fun!” My own daughters range in age from 27-33, and my grandkids from 11 months to 5 years, so I’m safe for now!
It was heartwarming to read of your granddaughter enjoying her time with you – and vice versa. She’ll be a good driver, I just know it!
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4 Kaye Swain

:) :) :) Thanks for the sweet encouragement Joyce :) :) :)

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