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new driver in the family

Great excitement today: Anna passed her driver’s test on Wednesday, and today we rented a car together – she can’t rent one till she gets a credit card, which is coming – and she drove us across town. She is of course a terrific driver, steady and confident, hilariously quoting her stern driving instructor with his Serbian accent as we glided through the city. We went – where else do you go when you first get a car? – not far from her house to Ikea with the kids, for lunch and a play in the playroom for Eli, candles for me, and blackout blinds and much else for Anna. And then, back across town, not on the streetcar or in a cab, but in a car driven by my competent daughter, who also has just recently been to an optometrist and bought the glasses she has needed for years. So – glasses, a driver’s licence and soon a credit card – a grown up, without a doubt.

Last night, my home class annual potluck – what a treat, eight dear friends, like family, who arrive bearing delicious food and great stories. We eat, and then they read. We’re off again.

And … the fabulous architect Jennifer Turner who designed my gorgeous kitchen after the fire has agreed to come next week to take a look at my ideas for the renovation. I went onto her website; last year she brought a photographer over to take shots of her work in this kitchen. They spent ages taking out all the stuff that I have on every shelf, so that the fine bones of Jennifer’s work would show. Though it looks glorious, it certainly doesn’t look as if I, the stuff collector, live here.

But I do.

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2 Responses to “new driver in the family”

  1. theresa says:

    I like the kitchen with plates and flowers best! And congratulations to Anna.

  2. beth says:

    Me too, Theresa. Poor Jennifer, though – she was horrified when she came back, confronting my clutter. I will pass along your congrats to Anna. It's a big step for her. She wrote that she loves the freedom, she just wishes she'd learned years ago, and I wrote back, Oh well, you'll appreciate it more now.

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