16 is a strange age in Colorado right now. 16 years old used to mean driving. And by association, freedom.
...freedom from driving people to seminary...
Oh, we're not talking about me. Sorry.
The way the driving laws have been revised here - which I completely approve, btw - it has become sort of a tricky combination of things one would have to do to get a driver's license on one's 16th birthday.
There are different driver's ed requirements for different ages, there are numbers of practice hours you must log, both with and without a certified instructor, hours of driving in the dark vs when it's light outside, and there are just certain amounts of time you have to hold a driver's permit before you can be issued a license, depending on when your birthday falls. Then of course, there are the written and on-the-road tests.
I think our state government's evil plan is to make it so difficult to figure out the system, that no one will ever show up at the DMV, except completely by accident while looking for a Jamba Juice in a bad part of town.
If that's their plan, then the state government is out of luck. Because the state government obviously does not have a 16 year old living in their house. And certainly not one who has grown up navigating around the upper levels of video games, learning traps, scenarios, and cheat codes by the dozens. I mean, when you compare the government red tape to that, well, it makes the red tape look like a walk through the first level of a 1980's video arcade game.
Or so I'm told.
I don't really know the point of this, except to say that even though Mimi is now officially 16, I will still be driving her around, and taxi'ing to early morning seminary this year, at least through November, at which time the state of Colorado will finally have a new 16 year and 3 month old driver.
Sixteen and 3 months is the new freedom.