Like a sewing machine with an extra pedal

I passed my driving test more than twenty years ago. Then I pretty much never drove again. Living in a city in Geneva as a student never required it. I cycled with great enthusiasm instead. I’m not afraid of traffic: I’ve cycled daily in heavy traffic in Geneva, Vancouver, Los Angeles. But driving a car baffled me. I just never understood what my feet should be doing. Never gained confidence. Never trusted myself. By the time we owned a car as a family, I was totally freaked out.

It has been hard to reconcile calling myself a feminist with being driven everywhere by my patient husband. But not that hard.

Then, necessity really calling this week, I finally got behind a wheel again in Geneva — this time with an automatic car, and a friendly driving instructor. I survived. I felt so proud. I told myself that it was only one more pedal than a sewing machine. That helped to remove the drama. Perhaps, perhaps, I will try again soon without the instructor? Or will I just make a quilt with this fabric, for my little boy? Or for me? I feel I finally deserve it.

carsHappy driving, and stay safe. JJ

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3 Responses to Like a sewing machine with an extra pedal

  1. Pamela says:

    I love the fabric! I had a drivers license and drove wen we lived in the US, but since moving to Japan, I’ve been driven by my husband or I’ve taken public transportation. I’m afraid to try driving on the “other” side of the road.

  2. Katy says:

    Good luck! Stick with the automatic though, less feet to try and remember what to do with 😀

  3. Josefina says:

    Go for it, make the quilt for yourself. Look at driving as just another thing that one must do once in awhile. I also get driven by my hubs whenever possible, and he’s happy to do it, I think.

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