Mocha With Linda has started her very own meme. This is how she describes it:
This new meme’s purpose is to have us take a look back and share about a specific time or event in our lives. It will be fun to see how similar – or different – our experiences have been!.
I think I am going to like this meme a lot. Grab the button and the link and come play along. Linda’s theme this week is:
How and when did you learn to drive? Do you have any particular memories associated with getting your driver license? How old were you when you got your first car and what was it? Who paid for it?
Once upon a time in the history of the State of Idaho, with their parent’s consent, 14 year-old kids could get their driver’s licenses. I took Driver’s Ed my freshman year in high school and, on my 14th birthday, I went downtown to the police station in Bonners Ferry, Idaho and tested for my first license. The lady gave me the test and said if I missed more than 3 questions, I would fail.
The police chief was a friend of my parents. I saw the man at least once and sometimes twice a week in a social setting. When he saw me taking the driving test he came and stood behind me. After I marked my 7th answer, I heard him clear his throat. I reread the question, thought for a bit, and made a different selection. The same scene repeated somewhere near the middle of the test, then again just a couple of questions later. I finished the remainder of the test in silence and took it to the counter to be scored.
The lady at the counter told me I had earned 100%, then she took my photo and handed me a little green piece of paper. Back then one had to wait for the driver’s license to be processed and mailed to them.
A couple of days later as the police chief was having coffee with my parents, I went to thank him for his assistance on the test. He said, “I am sure I don’t know what you are talking about, but had I cleared my throat a fourth time, you wouldn’t have your driver’s license.”
As foir my first car and who paid for it, you can read about that by clicking here: My First Car Was a Motorcycle.
Thanks, Linda. This was fun!