My youngest son Eli just got his driver's license. He will be 19 in a couple of weeks. So, yes, he waited a lot longer than his siblings and father did to get theirs. He has had to renew the driver's permit several times over the past three years. Several times we have been close to haulin' him up to the old DMV and just making him take the test. He hasn't been all that motivated (obviously) and each time we get close there is a scramble to get in a few evenings of practice especially parallel parking. Finally he succumbed to the pressure both internal and external, as you can imagine, and went ahead and did it. It was no problem. Two nights ago a friend of ours was over at the house. Maria is Chicana having grown up mostly in America with two cultures. Well, obviously she missed out on the slice of Americana that says you teach your kids to parallel park before the drivers' test. Her 16 year old daughter just got her license too so I asked how it went and especially about the parallel parking. "Pues" she said, "I jus put da car into da curb and she(the DMV tester) say its ok just don tell no one and I will pass you the test" I am not even trying to kid you! My son had just taken the test the day before at the same place and was warned that if he even touched a cone or the curb it was automatic failure. Maria just laughed when I asked her if she had even tried to teach her daughter how to parallel park and she didn't even know what that was. Now, I'm not here to fault the Chicano community for not teaching their kids tried and true passages of life in America but I'm about 2 inches away from reporting that test giver lady down at the DMV. What do you think I should do.
Signed: Angry Bird Father
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