Tuesday, June 2, 2015

We tried

We seriously tried. Today was supposed to be the day that Hamza finally got his driver's license. He has had his permit for a little over a year, and I have become comfortable riding in the car as a passenger while he drives. Those were the conditions of him taking his road test. There haven't been any sharp exhalations on my part over the past several times he has driven. He. Is. Ready. We headed to Blount County bright and early, so that we would be in line to sign up for the test. We got to the courthouse at least fifteen minutes early, bustled into the dungeons which are the Department of Public Safety, with several other eager people, and stood in line to sign the clipboard. The one that determines your place in line. But by the time it was Hamza's turn to sign up, all the morning appointments had been taken. Since I already had commitments for the afternoon, we had to leave.

The efforts didn't end there. Next stop, Ashville, at the St. Clair County Department of Public Safety. The fact that it took us multiple efforts to find the DMV (after driving past it 3 times) was bad enough. We struggled to find parking, and entered the building, only to find that the only officer on duty was administering a road test, so not actually in the office. But, we waited, along with several other people. When she returned, she also offered us a clipboard to sign our names, with the disclaimer that the remaining slots were for after lunch. So we had to leave from there too, and went back home, heads hung low. Hamza was very disappointed, but it just wasn't meant to happen today.

On the positive side, we did discover that there is one location in our area, where you can actually make an appointment for a road test ahead of time. So we logged on to the website, and reserved the first available appointment. It's two weeks out, but at least he is on the books. Hopefully, if he actually passes the road test, June 16th will be the day that Hamza becomes an independent driver. And my stress level will go waaaayy up!


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