Our Middle Daughter, #2, is one of the smartest people I have ever met. Her Middle School PC (Program Challenge) teacher said she was without a doubt the greatest math mind he had ever met. He also said that was why some of her teachers did not like her, because she intimidated them. With that being said, I feel it only fair to share the “other side of the coin”. Although she is brilliant beyond a doubt, she is one of those highly intellectual people who have NO “common sense”. She is getting better as she gets older but when she was younger, Bless her little ole’ heart!
The first time I took her out in our neighborhood to actually drive some, the first car we met, she got really nervous so I told her to just pull to the side of the road and let the car pass by and then she could pull back out. She actually pulled her car, ALL FOUR WHEELS, onto one of our neighbor’s yards to let the other car pass! When I questioned this she simply stated “well, you said to pull over!” Let’s just say that she was a challenge to teach how to drive, but once she “got it”, she did fairly well, but that’s not to say it wasn’t without its mishaps and comic adventures.
For example, one Saturday night she spent the night over at one of her friend’s houses and the next morning called me to tell me her car “broke down”. I asked her what was wrong with it and where she was. She told me she had been able to pull the car onto the shoulder of the road near their old elementary school because is just “quit running”.
On the way to pick her up I was trying to figure out WHAT could be wrong with the car? Just as we pulled up to where she was, it dawned on me. I got out of the car and asked “Do you think your car might be out of gas?” She kind of grinned and said “Maybe?” I asked her how you could “maybe” be out of gas and this was the explanation she gave me:
“You see, last night I realized the car was low on gas and the light was on so I stopped at the gas station to get gas. I pulled up to the pump and got out and then I realized that I didn’t know how to get the gas cap off! I tried to figure it out but a car pulled up behind me so I got back in my car and left.”
I asked her why she didn’t just ask the person who pulled up behind her if THEY could help her figure out how to get the gas cap off and her reply was “Mom! I didn’t want to look STUPID!”
OH! Gotcha! So, sitting on the side of the road, out of gas, DOESN’T look stupid? I see! She then asked me to get her those neon orange post-it notes so she could write “CHECK GAS!” and stick them on her rear-view mirror and on her dashboard so that she would notice them and NOT forget to get gas. She also suggested it would be helpful to remind her or ask her every few days if she needed gas. Like I said…. Bless her heart! I guess she has so much intellectual stuff up there that there’s no room left for the stuff us “average intelligence” people think about.
Another time I was with #3 one evening at her cheerleading practice. #2 calls me on my cell phone and we have the following conversation.
#2: Where are you?
Me: I’m with #3 at cheerleading practice, you know that.
#2: Oh, yeah, right…..
Me: Where are YOU?
#2: In my car…… in front of Krystal’s house….sitting in the bushes.
Me: Excuse me? Did you say you are IN your car sitting IN the bushes?
#2: Uh huh….(awkward silence)
Me: Ummmm….. HOW did you manage to get your car IN the bushes? I mean, are YOU ok?
#2: Well, you see….. what happened was….. I was turning the corner from the stop sign and I noticed this turtle in the middle of the road and I was SO worried about the turtle that I was staring at it and not paying attention to where I was going and just ended up in the bushes.
Me: Well, stay put and I’ll be right there.
I gathered #3 from her practice and we rush over (which happens to be about 4 or 5 houses down the street from our house) and sure enough, there her car is perched ON TOP of the hedges, all four tires. Now mind you this neighbor was a FANATIC about his hedges. He was out there EVERY weekend, making sure his hedges WERE PERFECT. She took out like four of his bushes. Well, at least he wouldn’t have to worry about THAT anymore…. Definitely NOT perfect!
The neighbor comes home, drives in his driveway staring at his hedge (or the remainder) in disbelief the entire time. While we were standing there, he gets out of his car and never acknowledges either of us but walks straight in his house and shuts the door. He did manage a glare as he shut the door. I make her go over to apologize and offer to pay for the damages to his hedge (which he accepts) but he us definitely NOT a happy camper.
After making her confess to the neighbor we went back outside and I turned to her and asked “Hey, #2, WHERE is that turtle you were so worried about? She turned about 10 shades of purple before turning and pointing to the side of the road.
I looked and looked again and said: “Hey, it must have crawled off because all I see is a crumpled up McDonald’s bag! “ She hung her head and reluctantly replied “Yeah, I thought it was a turtle since they are about the same size and shape. AHHHH… I SEE says the blind man!
Bless her little heart!