Driving Miss Debbie

Here I am . . . 60.  Don’t feel like I’m 60; don’t often act like I’m 60 ( How is a 60 year old supposed to act?); just know I have a physical body that is ancient combined with the emotional standing of a teenager.

The car had an accident a couple of days ago.  It was strictly at fault.  The fact that I was an idiot going just a little too fast and happened to glance (seriously, no more) at the phone, was of no accord.  Trouble is . . . it is the 3rd accident in less than a year. My family is having “serious talks” with me about whether I should hand in keys and take the bus in a not too public transportation friendly town.  Besides which, I am a home health aide /CNA and have cases all over the area, almost all out of town.  Some cases are 2 hours, some 10, some early morning, some not ending until the evening – how can I not have a car? Unless my very poor self can do a “driving Miss Daisy” kind of thing.

Then I have to contend with Social Security Disability.  I work very part time – generally 2 days week. Yet there are times when I fill in for someone one vacation which seems to put me over the top of allowed earnings – not by much, but the totals add up.  And as I have been exceedingly poor in Mathematics since birth (couldn’t count the slats on the crib until I was twelve), running over is easy.

I need a keeper.  Just like the olden days when women sat around and embroidered – not that I could do that either.  Its gross motor movements for me.

One thought on “Driving Miss Debbie”

  1. You need to have a serious talk with your car, and tell it to stop doing that!

    Honestly, though — I don’t think it’s time to hand in the keys. It sounds to me like you’ve only been doing what we all do, or are tempted to do: multi-task while driving. It’s not just texting, either. I never, ever talk or text in the car. Period. But will I reach for a coffee cup, and look away for just a moment? Sure. Will I start thinking about something, and not notice that the light has changed. Yes, indeed. It does only take a second.

    I read a really interesting article yesterday about multitasking. The scientists finally are confirming what I’ve suspected for some time: trying to do too many things at once leads to trouble. The gurus who tell us we need to be more efficient about cramming in more and more into less and less time may not be as smart as we thought. Decluttering seems to be good for the brain, too!


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