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! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. 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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