When I was a little girl, I had my very own chauffeur. My driver toted me around town to the mall, the movie theater, to church, while I sat in the back seat and relaxed. There was no need for me to pay attention to street signs, and I usually had no idea where I was. My driver was in charge, and I was taking it easy.
Well, if you haven’t guessed, my chauffeur was really my mom. When I got my driver’s license and suddenly had to drive myself to high school, a part-time job, and other locations, I panicked because even though I was 16, I didn’t know the names of most streets. My mom had always dealt with such trivial matters!
Today I’m wondering if my kids know the major streets that we cross on our everyday errands and outings. Are they aware that numbered streets go north and south in our city and named streets go east and west? If, for some reason, they were stranded miles away, would they even know how to get home?
And, today I’m going to begin explaining where we are, which streets we’re on, and which direction we’re going. I might even laminate a small map with a few different routes home marked and put one in each of their backpacks. On the back, I’ll write our address along with two or three addresses of family members and close friends. That, and reminders about which way is north, south, east, and west, should enable them to hoof it home without their usual chauffeur.