This eliminated almost any chance of me using it while driving. But other things? Oh, I did other things that I can’t fathom doing now. Because now I look in my rearview mirror and see tiny feet and hands, and a happy face that trusts me completely to keep her safe.
Before I had Bella I:
- Applied makeup in the car. Granted, it was when I was stuck in traffic but on the way to my job in California it bought me a few minutes in the morning. So I’d just take it out, foot on the brake, and apply it in the mirror while occasionally glancing out to see if the cars had moved yet.
- Ate. Whole meals. I mean – yes, I had a burrito in one hand and a Coke between my legs, but really, I was paying attention. Until I dripped sauce down my shirt going 85mph.
- Rocked out. Now – don’t get my wrong. I am still guilty of doing this to a great
Britneysong. But when I was 22 and had a Mercedes with a sunroof and drove on the highway by the beach? I was a ROCK STAR. Complete with air microphone and head whipping. Sorry that I swerved into your lane but the chorus line just does me in.
- Made you pay for your bad driving. Tailing me? Cut me off? Took my parking space? You were probably going to get a brake check, the middle finger, a honk, or a combo of all of the above. Complete with my windows down and me screaming at you.
- Drive WAY over the speed limit. I’d work 12 hour days as a nanny and couldn’t wait to get home and unwind. Only it was 15 miles away and this was unacceptable at 65 miles an hour. Obviously. Besides – everyone went 90ish. So I did as well.
Those things make me cringe now. I thank my lucky stars looking back now that I wasn’t ever in a serious accident. I became much more safety concious as a nanny hauling around kids that weren’t mine, but as soon as I was on my own it was back to crazy driving.
There was the one time I hit the motorcyclist though. I mean, he lived. He was ok. But still. O_o
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Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter, the loss of her twin boys, and their families’ Korean adoption on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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