While I have been speeding up my heart rate and putting the brakes on bingeing at the Duke Diet and Fitness center, Gretel has been in driving school. She had to spend 3 hours there 5 nights a week for the last 2 weeks and pass a test every night. I pre-paid for her program and put together a complicated system of pick-ups, rides and drop-offs to be sure she was in the right place at the right time, equipped with pen and paper, and ready to concentrate. I need not have worried. Gretel has managed perfect attendance and scores in the 80s and 90s. She has passed with flying colors and earned the kind of credit, praise and attention that eluded her at high school. She is very pleased with herself and I am very pleased for her.
She now has to have 2 x 3 hour blocks of instructor-led driving practice to earn her full license. This is scheduled for August so I am facing a big insurance bill at just about the time I will receive my first paycheck from my new employer. Nonetheless, I will invest in a chauffeur’s cap. Shame I’ve sworn off the swill when I will soon have my own designated driver.