Saturday, January 19, 2008

Literary Behind-the-Wheel

My son now has his learner's permit and, as is typical of most 15 year-olds with learner permits, is eager to drive--anywhere and everywhere. This means that sometimes I am the parent driving with my son as the "designated responsible person age 25 or older."

For laughs, I thought I'd give you all a little quiz.

Which literary character am I most like as I teach my son to drive a car?

Atticus Finch? Capable, wise, disciplined, unflappable?

Nurse Ratchit? Controlling, cruel, demanding

Mrs. Bennett? Loud, easily startled, given to fits of hysterical giggling and exclamatory remarks?

Mrs. March? Gentle, wise, soft-spoken

Mr. Bennett? Quippy, detached, overly lenient?

What's your best guess?


daisies said...

i am so going to be mrs bennett but am sure that you are mrs march :)

eek!! i don't have long to go ...

bubandpie said...

Hehehe. Mrs. Bennet!!

Beck said...

I'm afraid that I am going to have to say Mrs. Bennett, since she is who I am most like as a mother and why should you be any better? :)

Anonymous said...

You are so clever.

My poor children. I'd vacillate between Nurse Ratchet and MR. Bennett.

My husband taught me to drive when I was 17 years old. Hopefully he'll take on the job for the kids, too.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Bennett. WIthout a doubt.


ewe are here said...

Mrs Bennett... it seems there's a consensus bet building up there...


Anonymous said...

Ms Daisy? Do you have him drive you to the Piggly Wiggly?

Anonymous said...

Ms Daisy? Do you have him drive you to the Piggly Wiggly?

Julie Pippert said...

Mrs. March, with occasional Bennett breakthroughs.

I'd try for Atticus but end up Mrs. Bennett anyway.

(LOVED that movie, of them all.)

Lisa P said...

Mary Lue,

Long time, no talk, but I am going to guess Mrs. Bennett--loud hysterical bursts of laughter seems to fit you in lots of ways!

Take care,

atypical said...

This post brought such joy to me. First of all, I love your style, but I must admit that I am also grateful to have you join the ranks. :)

My gut reaction would be Mrs. Bennet, but I bet you have shades of every one of them thrown in.

If I ever saw anyone maintain an Atticus through an entire "designated responsible person" outing (especially in the beginning stages), I think I would be checking them for evidence of roboticism.

It has come to my attention that I have been abysmal about commenting over here in a timely fashion, but I wanted to let you know I am odd enough that I walk around having periodic conversations with you in my head every time you post something until I do get around to actually typing something. Hopefully that little bit of insight will not push me over into stalker status. ;)


Lindsey said...

I think it's Mrs. Bennett!!

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