Oh Joy !!
I have not renewed in 8 years.
We go so long between renewals in NC....I nearly forget about it....until the cold and unfriendly postcard arrives.
I put it off as long as I could....today I needed to be getting that task accomplished.
Lucky for me...
I have a cousin who is a DMV officer. I called Cindy up...she was expecting me when I arrived.
I walked in and was asked to have a seat in the waiting area.
I could not help but notice all of the beady eyed teenagers...waiting, with a parent...fidgeting in their seats....FREEDOM is close....they can taste it...you could see the nervous excitement in their eyes.
It reminded me of being 16......getting my license.....as if I stepped in a time machine...I shot straight back into my little 2-seater .....it has such a good smell.....but it was a straight drive (maunal).....I hated that thing. How was I supposed to talk on my bag phone and find Bon Jovi on the radio if I had to change gears?? HUH??
What a rush it was to get in that car and drive somewhere ..... alone. I remember loving going through fast-food drive-thrus....and having all the responsibility of ordering and paying to myself. I was an adult !!!
back to reality....eye test and sign test complete...I passed again. Thanks for the new license...finally an updated one with my new (4 years old) short haircut. I get so tired of showing my license and people say.....oh...you have cut your hair. Nah... I wore a wig for my license.
So I renew again in another 8 years....I will be 43.
WHAT ?!? 43....really?
What will I be doing when I am 43? What will Chloe be like? Will my parents still be alive? Will the world even be here?
on the drive home.....I found in me a little appreciation for my trip to the DMV today.....It allowed me some time to think back and smile at my youth.....and made me aware of the time we are each given....and the fact that is passes so quickly. We all know this fact....but at times it just makes itself more evident....as if to say.... Hey You....patch up holes....give all the love you have....and live it and live it well.