So the 17 yr old is supposed to take her road test on Friday. We're in NJ, so new drivers must put orange decals on their license plates. Mom and Dad will not require that, but it IS required to take your road test. Also, 17's technical address is Mom's house, so she will need parental proof of address to get her license. (Assuming she passes her road test...AHAHAHAHA!)
She's with us this week, so Dad is going to (most likely take time off work to) take her to her test.
He's encouraging her to take responsibility for...well, HER responsibilities. So I ask him, does she have her orange tabs, and does she have proof of address from her mother? His response was that he didn't think they bought them when they got her permit because they're not going to use them. (Uhhh...it's a requirement, so they DID buy them.) And he doesn't know about proof of address.
I hope he at least asks 17 if she has everything she needs (and makes her list those items with a valid source reference) before taking time off to take her on this fool's errand.
Even if she brings all of her required paperwork, I highly doubt she will actually pass the road test. She doesn't drive at all with her mother, and trips with her father are mostly the 1.5 miles to school in the morning. She's too busy with extra-curriculars and her boyfriend on the weekends to go out driving when her father offers. So every other week, to ensure that she gets her driving-to-school practice in, I drive the gas guzzling pickup an hour each way to work so that they can take the smaller vehicle.
Really, they are fools, but who am I kidding, I'm the biggest fool here for allowing myself to get pulled into this mess. I try to justify it by thinking that the more self-sufficient 17 is, the more likely she might launch before I'm dead. My escape plan is that SO and I are talking about moving far away to launch a business endeavour. That feels like cutting off my nose to spite my face, unless I'm doing it for the right reasons.
Thanks for letting me vent. I'm just getting so tired of the coddling of the precious snowflake.