Tuesday, 13 October 2015

What's That I Spy - A Red P?

Surely not, but yes i think it might be. A Red P in the corner of the front windscreen of Tom's little RAV4 and again on the rear window.  This can only mean one thing.

Tom Got His Probationary
 Drivers Licence! 

on his first attempt last Thursday and its to drive manual vehicles.  No nancy pancy auto licence for Tom.  We have waited for this day for so so long.  Go Tom!

I think he's taking me literally because he's going and going and going.

On Friday i was shocked to see his beaming face appear in front of my desk at work.  His first trip out on his own was a 25 min drive across several suburbs.  I was very surprised.  It was so cute when he called me on arriving back home.   I thanked him and said it was my job to worry.  He told me it was his job to stop me from worrying.

On Saturday we had to visit Doris (his Grandmother) on the other side of the city.  He followed us over the Westgate Bridge, through the tunnel (scary for most) and out onto the Monash Freeway till we reached Forest Hill in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. No problem but Dad joined him on the way home for company.

Sunday he decided we needed cheese.  My response to his request to go get some, was "grab your keys and go get it yourself".  The list of items started getting longer and longer until Tom went out and did our entire weekly shop on his own with my credit card.  Nothing was added to the list other than bananas which he thought was surely a mistake. I'm not sure how long this will last but i sure enjoyed sitting on the couch with my feet up while he shopped.

Today is Tuesday and he was given the task of getting our scripts filled at Chemist Warehouse.  This is just too good!.  I really could get use to this.

Later in the week I've asked him to go to the local shopping centre and check out some clothes for interviews.  He's never done this before so fingers crossed.  With independent travel firmly in his grasp he can now start applying for jobs outside our local area.  Tom hates public transport (strangers and crowds) but he loves driving himself.

Can you tell I'm a proud Mum?  Those 120 hrs of recorded practice was worth it.  Thanks also go to Lynette, his Life Coach (new title, Tutor doesn't work any more),  who has let him use her car for several weeks to get use to the make and model of the car he would use to do his driver test.  Our plan  worked brilliantly.

Fly Tom!

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  1. well done Tom! congrats! he won't know himself for awhile, suddenly free ...
    good luck with the job hunting too
    thanx for sharing

  2. Lynda, the pride in your writing leaps out from the screen. Well done to Tom and well done to you and Rob for raising such a quality young man.

    1. Thank you Barb, yes im very proud. My two Aspie men are rocking the world at the moment and im very content.

  3. Congratulations to Tom, you sound as pleased as punch, your boy is now a real young man with independence.

  4. I just loved your post! It had me going "Aww" and smiling too. Congratulations to Tom and yes....he probably will keep going but sounds like he is doing a great job doing the weekly shopping....harness that while you can!!
    Cath from Cath@Home

  5. Congratulations to Tom! That's a wonderful accomplishment, you all have earned the right to be proud. I loved his reply to your comment about it being your job to worry. :)

  6. That is such wonderful news, Lynda. I can tell you are so proud of your young man. Isn't it wonderful when they achieve something they have set their heart on. Well done, Tom!

  7. My oldest is only 5, but gee I felt so proud for you and your family by the way you shared this moment, thanks.

    1. Thank you all for your lovely comments. I try to alwaysight a candle to shine on their many achievements. Life in our home can be challenging so it's great to celebrate the good moments.

  8. Wow A big congratulations to Tom, now tell Tom I could use him up here to run errands. Oh how handy is that going to be Lynda.Also tell Tom I take my hat of to him, as Im to scared driving in Melbourne its to fast for me. I usually catch the train down there. You must be so proud I can see you smiling from here xx


    Sounds like he could come in handy Lynda! I can see you are very proud of his achievements :)


  10. So wonderful! Make the most of that enthusiasm to do all the jobs before it wears out..

  11. Today he drove his dad down the coast to meet up with us for lunch and then drove home by himself, filling up with fuel and buying some wiper blades. He just came in to tell me it made him smile and he felt happy driving back by himself. Xx


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