Sitting in the passenger’s seat.
Observing my daughter drive. Permit in tow.
Defenseless. Other than the vehicle encapsulating us.
Limited to advising. Teaching. Hoping that is enough.
Remembering that my father once sat in the seat I currently occupy.
Yet. Still uncomfortable.
Because. She is a novice.
And. We are around a school. Where there are other novice drivers.
Further. This is a rite of passage. One more step closer. To her leaving us.
The drive continues.
David Eldridge was born and raised in Illinois and currently lives there. (With some stops elsewhere since college.) After years of writing little, David picked up his pen during the COVID-19 pandemic. He has been writing with much fervor and has discovered a renewed soul.