Thursday, October 05, 2006

A Civics Lesson

Having a teenager means, eventually, letting them drive. Letting them drive means, eventually, them having a wreck, and that means, in many cases, a trip to traffic court.

That is how I spent my Thursday morning, sitting with my 17 year old daughter in traffic court.

It was what you expect, a long wait, followed by another long wait, followed by turning over some money to the city for a fine and court cost.

I view it as both a life and civic lesson for my daughter. An expensive lesson, but one I know that almost every parent has to pay for, and one I did expect.

I just wish she had told me she wanted to challenge the ticket, prior to pleading guilty and paying the fine.

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4 comments:

hfiend said...

playing a quick little game on the honesty/truthfulnes... of Dick cheney.

romunov said...

"I just wish she had told me she wanted to challenge the ticket, prior to pleading guilty and paying the fine."

Ohoho, this one takes the cake. Roman poets couldn't come up with a more cruel "joke. Sorry for your loss.
Will she have to repay her "debt" to you?

trenchdoc said...

there should be more REAL LIFE civics like that in high school... everyone talks about the "government" as if it is not us.

John said...

Romunov, she is a great kid, but yes she get to pay off the cost.

A little less labor around the house for her parents, a little more for her.

Trench.

That is why I took her to court, just so she would see how the processed worked.