Now, these are darling girls - every one of them! And I really don't think they're trying to be judgmental -- they're just paying EXTRA close attention to the rules of the road, because this information has only recently become uberpertinent in their lives, and as you already know, there is SO much to learn. But they must think I can't hear them back there, asking each other questions in low voices.
"Do you think she came to a full and complete stop?"
I can't decide if they think I'm deaf, or maybe they know I can hear them, but they just don't like the ABBA music I play and they're trying to get back at me for that.
"wait! so you don't have to signal if you're in the turn lane?"
"what's the speed limit on this road, anyway?"
"do you think she's going to pull another illegal u-turn?"
Illegal U-Turn? It was a roundabout!! Maybe if you looked up from your texting every now and then...
But of course, I can't say anything, or then they would know that I was listening, and they might stop all their other chatter about everything else going on. And the only reason I signed up for the carpool in the first place was to keep tabs on all that other chatter. And besides, if I said anything, they would all start giving Mimi the "your mom is crazy" pity look. And Mimi has enough to deal with including the fact that her mom might actually be crazy. So I at least try to spare her from dealing with the looks.
So I bite my tongue and just keep driving.
and just for the record....
I am fanatic about signaling, I only drive slightly over the speed limit, there was NO ILLEGAL U-TURN, and I may not have made a "full and complete stop" at the first stop sign, but there was NO DOUBT in anyone's mind about EVERY stop sign after that.
Because I'm super rational like that.