Oh my goodness I really don't know where to start. It's been over a month since I shared my story and sadness about losing my drivers license. Little did I know that the DMV gives you a 2nd chance to take the written test!
I was so excited when the mail came a few weeks ago with a new appointment time for me to take both the written and the driving test. I wasn't too hopeful but I decided to take the sample tests and this time I wrote down the correct answers on index cards. I studied a few times each day but tried not to stress out about it. I've been OK without driving these past few months and have a lot of friends and family, and UBER who had been getting me out and about.
My appointment was on July 22nd and my dear friend Sylvia was able to come with me again. This time we knew where the DMV was in the Mall and were able to get to my appointment on time.
It was a quiet day and they took me in right away (last time I had to wait for 30 minutes). They gave me a written test and they let me sit in a chair. Last time they gave me a test online and I had to stand. All of these things made a difference, at least I think they made a difference. I wasn't nervous or concerned and I took my time filling out the answers.
I was shocked and super excited when they told me I got 100% on my test! I didn't miss any of the questions! Holy cow, I was so excited and so thankful😀
Earlier that day I had a little chat with God and I told him I was OK no matter what the outcome was. I released my stress and knew I would just do the best I could and then move forward with the outcome. When it came time to do the driving test I was feeling pretty good. The hardest part was when he asked me to turn on my blinkers, my headlights, my emergency lights, etc.....Thankfully I knew where they were but it was a little stressful in the moment.
We then went on a nice drive around Stoneridge where thankfully I am very familiar with. As we were talking somehow we went down the religious path. I mentioned that I had been praying and letting God be in charge of my driving situation. Little did I know that his dad is a Preacher! We spent the rest of the time talking about church and faith. I don't think its a coincidence that out of all the DMV instructors I got this one that day!
I passed the driving test with flying colors too and I can now drive anytime and anywhere I want! The first thing I did was to take my filthy dirty car to the car wash!! I was smiling and so happy and so was Bob. Actually I think Bob was happier than I was. That night we already had dinner plans with Kristen so the three of us enjoyed a lovely meal and celebrated my amazing 100% test score💥
This month has also been filled with lunch dates, swimming with our friends (hi Stella), amazing therapy sessions, and I was accepted for the Consumer Rep position for the California Health & Human Services Agency Advisory Committee!!
I'm so thankful for all of you and for my family, especially my husband and my daughter. They always lift me up and make sure I'm on the right track. I'm thankful for Melaine, JeanAnn, Ruth, Ondine, Brittany, Ginny, Monika, Louis and many others I'm probably forgetting. You all have taken the time away from your busy days to have a meal or a snack to keep me smiling!
And lastly I would like to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our oldest grandson Ryan, who turned 14 yesterday🍰 We had a lovely celebration with him and his brother and a lot of family and friends we hadn't seen in a while.
Thank you all for believing in me, for lifting me up, for texting and for your phone calls, emails and just for supporting me on this crazy journey living with Alzheimer's🙏
That's SO AWESOME! Congratulation! And yes, you brought a great big smile to my face. I am so inspired by you and you're positive attitude, outlook and sense of humor!
Wishing you wonderful journeys ahead, whether you are driving or riding!
(or as you used to call me at Intel, "Ray-Ray.") ;)
100%! Love you, driver or not, but still happy for you!!!ReplyDelete
What an uplifting post! Congratulations and thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Pam your energy is contagious!!! Congrats on the driving success and joy family brings you. Warmest thoughts and hugs from Tom & Pearl NortonReplyDelete
This makes me so happy! What a great example of "let go and let God" which you have done every step of this journey and especially now. I can hear the joy in your writing and that bring a smile to my face! Hugs!ReplyDelete