SoCS: going out for a drive

One of the changes with the rules in New York State and with my father’s assisted living home is that I can now sign him out and take him for a drive. Previously, I could only take him to medical appointments.

My father, who is known here as Paco, loved to drive. He drove quite a bit when he worked for New England Power Company for 43 years and, given that our town was twenty miles from a grocery store, other stores, our grandparents and other relatives, the movie theater, and just about anything else that wasn’t work-related, he drove quite a bit on evenings and weekends, too. (My mom also drove, especially taking us to piano lessons and my sister’s dance lessons, but, if the five of us were going somewhere together, Paco always drove.)

In those days, it wasn’t unusual to “go for a drive” as a form of recreation. Given that we lived in the Massachusetts/Vermont border area, there was beautiful scenery in any direction you chose to drive. And hills. And what to us was normal but in retrospect were narrow, winding, and largely unmarked roads. It didn’t matter. Paco was used to it and was a very good driver with a very good sense of direction.

Paco had said that he would stop driving when he turned 90. That turned out to be not quite true. I think he stopped when he was 92. By then, my mother was entering her final battle with congestive heart failure and Paco was staying with her in their apartment nearly all the time. Their senior community offered transportation for the occasional trip to the grocery store or for medical appointments and I was nearby and there every day and could drive for errands or deliver things to them. They decided to sell their car and Paco replaced his driver’s license with an official state ID.

The IDs have a longer renewal term than driver’s licenses do, so his current ID is good until he is 103. He’s currently 96. He says he doesn’t think he will make it to 100.

We’ll see.

Paco is famous among family for always saying “One day at a time.”

It’s all any of us can do.
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Linda’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday this week is “drive.” Join us! Find out more here: https://lindaghill.com/2021/06/11/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-june-12-2021/

Author: Joanne Corey

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9 thoughts on “SoCS: going out for a drive”

  1. My dad always drove us and my husband likes to drive and is better at it than me. Makes me wonder if it’s wired into male brains. Of course there are women race car drivers now and I do like to drive short if it’s not long distance. I’m glad you get to take Paco for drives again. I bet he enjoys it. “One day at a time,” is a good motto for just about everything.

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    1. He does like going for drives. Sometimes, we go to the ice cream stand for a treat! Because of his cognitive decline, he thinks it is a long time since he has been out in the car, even if it has only been a few days. Maybe no remembering the last time makes it more fun and exciting every time her goes.

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    1. Best of luck to you with that, Gloria! I think I’m hoping, if I make it to 92, there will be self-driving electric cars on demand so I won’t have to worry about it! πŸ˜‰

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