“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?