Just in time for Mother's Day - The Car People asked me to write about a memorable car journey I shared with my wonderful Mum.
On a number of occasions throughout my time at university a few years ago, my mum and I made the
short trip to Scarborough together. Choosing to live by the sea for three years was a hit because she and I are both a big fan of the typical British, East Coast holiday but more specifically - 2p machines.
When she dropped me off every year to a new flat or shared house, we'd pack the car to the very brim and wonder how I'd managed to amass so many 'need to have with me' items.
One notable trip however, was the first time I drove my own car for the trip.
It's not news to those who know me well that I am not a fan of driving, so to be taking to the road for a drive lasting longer than an hour - for the first time ever - was bound to be memorable. Although my mum has always been a great driver, it turned not she's not particularly supportive when it comes to being passenger to a nervous driver. Honestly, I can't blame her.
The journey ran surprisingly smoothly in my opinion - it's a very straight, very easy road from my parents' house - accompanied by worried outbursts and gasps from my mum every time she thought I was driving:
A. too fast
B. too close to the left
C. too close to the right
By the time I actually arrived into the town, I had become so worked up over these interjections that I pulled over into the car park of a B&Q and absolutely refused to drive any further. My mum drove the rest of the way and it's safe to say, I've not been asked to drive her anywhere since!
It's not all been an uphill struggle though, the final time we drove up to Scarborough together was to attend my graduation ceremony. Although I was more excited for the wild night out afterwards, it was an exciting trip all round for my family and my mum in particular.
We managed to get there safely (her driving, of course) with no dramatic driver swaps along the way. It was a glorious day and great to celebrate the occasion with my mum and the rest of my family.
I might be biased, but I think my mum is the absolute best, even if she doesn't trust me to get her to the seaside in one piece!
Thanks to The Car People for inspiring this post - let me know a memorable car journey you've had with your own mum in the comments below!