U Can’t Do It

Awwww! I missed my turn!” It’s only the second time going to fencing. I got in the next left turn lane.

“Mom, you can’t do a U-turn here.” The kid noticed the sign at the same time I did.

We moms work so hard to establish a sense of “other” worldness: recognizing that you are not the center of the universe, being aware of how your actions affect others, noticing things happening farther away than the TV screen, and, of course, understanding that if everybody obeyed the rules, we would have a much nicer world in which to live.

But, by golly, why do they have to take these great leaps forward in their social development when you are late and wishing to make a U-turn where it clearly says not to?

I listened to the kids talking about what I should do. A U-turn here was clearly out of the question. Perhaps that road to the left connected to the road we needed? Or maybe we could make a legal U-turn over there.

As I listened, waiting for the light, I myself wondered the best course of action. What message does it send to children to break the law? Would I not scar them for life or certainly teach them that rules are optional? How could I expect obedience when I myself did not demonstrate it?

What would you have done? What do you guess I did?

11 thoughts on “U Can’t Do It

  1. Michelle, you are a revolutionary. You totally u-turned-it.🙂

  2. We were in the *Exact* same situation a few weeks ago in Old Town. I totally u-turned and said, “You know, sometimes you have to weigh your options and do what you think is best…fully knowing that you might get in trouble.” Here’s hoping it made sense.Can’t wait to hear what you did!

  3. Oh yeah, and need I say it?I totally would have too.🙂

  4. I’m guessing…you took a left and found a street to turn around. You are a revolutionary, that is true. BUT, I believe you would follow the rules of the road for your kid’s sake. Oh man, I hope I’m right, ’cause you are way more maturer than me and I would have done the u-ey.

  5. I’m guessing you took the U-turn! LOL!!I would have, if noone was looking! LOL!

  6. I don’t know you personally, but I am guessing you took a left and found a place to turn around legally. I don’t think you would have passed up the opportunity to teach your children that laws are not optional, even when they are completely inconvenient.

  7. I’m guessing you made the left turn and then looked around for a parking lot or someplace where you could get back in the right direction.

  8. I agree with the last few – I don’t think you made the u-turn.Me? I make a lot of u-turns that I shouldn’t, so it’s probably a good thing that I don’t have kids yet. Actually, it’s sort of funny – I was talking to one of my cats this morning (yes, I talk to my cats, what’s your point?). He had hopped up onto my lap while I was tying my shoes, so I gave him a minute of cuddles and pets while I thanked him for loving me even though I was so selfish. And then I told him I think God gave me him and the other cat as practice, because He knew I shouldn’t move straight into kids without an intermediate step. But I’m pretty sure my cats wouldn’t care if I made an illegal u-turn while they were in the car… 😉

  9. personally i wouldnt make the u-turn but not because i am a conformist who enjoys following laws, because i am cheap and dont want to pay any possible fines. no illegal u-turns at lights. illegal uturns on side country roads where there isnt the likelihood of a cop and the kids dont know what double yellow lines mean are fair game though.are you going to tell us what you did?r

  10. I realize that I didn’t fess up to those of you whose email I don’t know.While I am humbled by sweet thoughts that I am a law-abiding citizen, I am in fact frequently guilty of breaking traffic laws. Although I think government have a right and duty to establish laws, and citizens should be obedient, in general, I actually relish the typical American response which weighs the pros and cons (traffic fines) and chooses what they feel is best for them.Sorry to disappoint those of you who thought I was better than that. And sorry to disappoint my sister who knows I’m not better than that and thinks I should be!

  11. I regret, that I can not participate in discussion now. I do not own the necessary information. But with pleasure I will watch this theme.

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