This post by Jennifer Flaten
The other day my husband needed to go back to work. Since the kids had birthday money burning a hole in their pocket and his work is over by a larger mall, we decided to ride along to do a little shopping.
My husband is primary driver in our family. I only get to drive if he is incapacitated or if he isn’t with us. I am the navigator. When I am driving the kids around I am both navigator and driver, although now that the girls are older they are able to read Google maps for me while driving. Since I navigate everywhere we go as a family/couple I have a fairly grasp of the area. So despite only being to my husband’s work once, I was confident I could get us to the mall.
As he relinquished control of the car to me, he gave me a few pointers from getting out of the complex where his work is located and to the street with the mall. It was simple enough.
Off we went. I am driving along following my husband’s directions, when my back seat driver tells me that I am going the wrong way. I am pretty sure I am right, but I let her dissuade me and I go her way.
Guess what?! She was wrong. We ended up going the wrong way. Sigh. I had to turn around. Now this isn’t a huge deal. I just went down another block or so and turned around.
She apologized profusely and we all had a laugh about it. BUT, why did I listen to her instead of listening to myself…you know the adult. The one who was familiar with the area?
I have no idea why wasn’t I confident enough to say NOPE this is the way we are supposed to go and just went that way?
It is something I have to work on, listening to myself before listening to others.
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