Spring is here, and we’ve had a full 10 days without rain!!! It’s been beautiful outside and all of England has been emerging from hibernation.
We’ve been busy lately, but not with the things one would normally expect. This week’s diversion from normal is driving lessons. This is not a joke… We took our first of several driving lessons. After over 15 years of driving for each of us and after a year of driving here in England, we are told the British government now views us as drivers of questionable legality. We now have to obtain a driving license, and have to take a driving test. It is very subjective and there a lot of little nuances to taking a practical test that are different from driving normally, like ‘Thou shalt not drive in the bus lane’, ‘Sidewalks are for pedestrians only’, or ‘Cyclists should not be run over simply because they’re slow’. No one really drives like that here! The best way we could describe having to take a test again is it’s just an absolute annoyance. The only redeeming thing is our instructor is a retired Scotland Yard detective, really cool dude to talk with.
Coincidentally, that’s not the only journey away from normal that we’ve experienced with our car this week. Today, we bought our first car seat. I think the gravity of the situation is beginning to set in with us. We are so excited for the arrival of our baby. We absolutely know that we’ll be good parents. Still, the knowledge that the two of you… no one else, not even the cyclist you knocked over earlier… you are responsible for the life of another. You are responsible for preparing them for life. The first time you buy something for someone other than the two of you, it really drives this point home.
It is an awesome responsibility, in every sense of the word. Not a day goes by without us talking about decisions you know will affect the rest of their lives. Even small decisions like what will be their name will play a huge part in their future. Imagine if you named your child Racism and the life they would have… oh sure, they’ll be popular in the South, but is that name something they could proudly use when meeting their future in-laws for the first time? What will you teach them? What good habits of yours will you pass on? What bad habits will be absorbed when you’re not paying attention? Things like this are what keep us up at night. Each time though, we think how we can’t wait to see what kind of person our child will turn out to be. It’s an exciting world of possibility.
Well, we hope you’re doing well! We’ll leave you with baby bump picture number 2! Take care!