It was almost like a real baptism of fire! But first things first.
I bring the car out of the driveway. I’ll leave this maneuver for the final exam. I goes down. She gets in. I sit down in the passenger seat. We fasten our seatbelts, then she begins to drive.
Sarah drives aggressive. First, second, third gear. The feeling is that she thinks to be in Buenos Aires Boulevard. Turned to the left to avoid a scooter on the right, but, bad news, waiting for her, on the opposite side, there is a ditch two meters tall.
“Be Careful!” I yell throwing myself on the wheel and veering violently to the right. We Stop.
She looks at me and says quietly “Why are you so exaggerated, we could pass trought it without any problems!”
“Well, if you wanted to drive on the river, you could have told me sooner” I say, trying not to offend his sensitivity.
We start again. This time a little bit slower, she seems hesitant.
Jacopo seat better on the seat, Scarlett Granny has fast breathing. Tom, for now, doesn’t speak but his face says it all.
She challenge Balinese traffic, as a mongoose attacked by a cobra.
A mongoose hanging excessively left, too left …
“Pay Attention!!!!” I extend my arm on the steering wheel and steering hard right.
A Balinese woman, who was walking on the side, feels something caress her head gently.
She thinks is her husband. “No, my dear, it’s the side mirror of a Toyota goes crazy!”
She stops again. Scarlett Granny is screaming, Tom, for the first time in his life, is fastening his seat belt in silence. Jacopo is praying me to get back behind the wheel.
“No,” I insist, “she has to learn alone”
We start again. First, second gear, th….
“Saraaaahhh”. With a lightning strike, again I deviate the trajectory of the left-handed fireball.
Another Balinese woman touched!
“You realize that we could find her, splattered on the windshield, like an insect ?!” I scream.
Scarlett Granny looks like a corpse. Jacopo and Thomas huddle in a last fraternal embrace. Everybody cry and pray. But she, pissed as a cougar for criticism, finally reach the goal.
“Good job, honey! We’ll do the next lesson by a foam car !!”.