We were both quite nervous- but the nerves were all for naught as she passed missing only a few points for turning a blinker on too soon, then not leaving it on long enough when changing lanes.
The next step was to go to the DMV to get her actual license.
After a long overdue lunch she dropped me off at home and headed out on her own.
It is the strangest mix of feelings when your kid has the freedom to drive with out you. Fear- will she drive safe in a world of unsafe drivers? Excitement- at the prospect of not having to wake up early to drive her to early morning practices across town. Maybe a little bit of heartbreak, and a dash of heart swelling pride too, at the realization that your kid has just made a huge leap towards adulthood. Even a wash of nostalgia overcomes you as you remember your younger self free behind the wheel for the first time.
But most of all I felt thankful. Thankful that my daughter has grown into a stunning young woman with a kindness and maturity that often schools me. Thankful for the 2 + hours at the DMV sitting side by side giggling and laughing together. Thankful for clear road conditions on her maiden voyage. Thankful to be able to provide her with a safe car. Thankful for the blessing of Madison in my life.
Her brother felt thankful as well.... "Yes!! Now she can take me out to go pick up chicks!" (Oh goodness...)