FOWC with Fandango — Determined

Today, Fandango has given us DETERMINED as our word prompt.

Roll back the years to 1977/78, and driving lessons.
I took my lessons in my lunch hour, actually driving home under supervision to let the dog out, so I got plenty of practice with roundabouts, hairpin bends, traffic lights and hill starts.
There were 6 of us taking our test in the same week. Mine was on the Wednesday.
The first three failed, and the examiner I had was the same guy.
I cocked it up as soon as I pulled away from the kerb, chanting in my head Mirror, Signal, Manoeuver. I forgot the mirror bit.
Determined not to let that put me off, we continued and I was doing quite well until the bus episode. The examiner hit the brakes before I did when the bus started to roll back from the bus stop as I was signalling to turn left out of the adjacent road.
That was it for me. I knew I’d failed and just wanted to get it over with.
I don’t remember much else about the route apart from reversing round a corner, and the guy had me doing it uphill.
I lined myself up, put the car into reverse and started to edge backwards. I stopped, put the car into first gear, moved back to my starting position and waited.
My examiner was not impressed, until he saw the milk float coming out of the road I was about to reverse into.
He passed me.
It was relief too as I would never have heard the last of it had I not, because my then husband had passed first time and was always nagging me about how he did it.
It’s probably one of the few things I bettered my sister at as she took two goes.
Oh, and my other two workmates failed as well.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to FOWC with Fandango — Determined

  1. eschudel says:

    I also passed my first try, but I was pretty convinced I had failed after taking three tries to parallel park…

  2. blindzanygirl says:

    Oh Lord, this brings back memories. Mine was bin men. On a tiny, uphill, winding road! Lol

  3. Sadje says:

    Good for you! I still remember the anxiety I used to feel when I started to drive.

  4. Your story remind me of the fellow who said, “When I die I want to do it quietly in my sleep like my father, not like the passengers on his bus, screaming and shouting with fear!”

  5. Astrid says:

    That’s so awesome that you passed! I cannot drive and will never be able to, so I admire those who can. That being said, here in the Netherlands, if the examiner has to step in just once, like hit the brakes, you’ve automatically failed.

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