Friday, September 27, 2013

John Paul Learning New Skills

Ever since he was a little kid, John Paul has always been very competent and responsible at carrying out tasks that require care, attention to detail, and a sense of responsibility. We've never been afraid to put tools in his hands.

John Paul, age 5, using a screwdriver

More recently, we've decided that it is time for him to learn how to operate some more complex mechanical equipment.

John Paul, age 16, with newly acquired learner's permit, driving (don't worry, its the
parking lot of the public library on a Sunday. So far we're just doing parking lots).
Yes, its really true. He is driving the car. Eileen and I have both taken him out onto the asphalt (though not yet into traffic). He is learning quickly, and in no time at all I am sure he will be a better driver than I am. We just went out to practice behind the K-Mart and Martins. These long back lots simulate a stretch of road. We drove around for quite a while, and then we parked and went into the K-Mart and bought a new basketball.

Soon he'll be ready to take on the dog-eat-dog world of Front Royal traffic.

He'll handle it just fine.