My daughter, of course, pulled out from in front of our house several minutes before the others as she has further to go. Then the boy next door pulled out about 10 minutes later, with the boy living next door to him on his bumper. Bam, bam, bam. Three teens, in three cars, in three houses right in a row.
Okay, maybe you had to be there, but it was funny to me. Maybe because the irony for me is that the two kids living closest to us are going to the same place, two miles from our street. Both have cars and are driving that short distance, but my daughter, who goes to the furthest school and whose friends live furthest away, has no friends who are driving and the one who does, who lives even further has no car at her disposal.
What this means for us is that my daughter is or I am always picking up her friends to bring them here, take them places, etc. The same was true when my oldest was in high school.
I've been very careful to make sure my daughters know they are no one's limo service, but if they're on their way from school to here or they want to have their friends over or they're on their way to the movies or something, it's fine if they drive their friends. Sometimes my youngest will even run them all home after a sleepover. That's fine too because I like being the house they most often congregate at, but they are not to just start running random errands for their friends.
I don't really have a problem with them being the only ones currently driving. My daughters' dad is a car guy and that's what car guys do. However, right now, in this place of our being, it would be really convenient if one of my youngest daughter's friends was driving and had her own car. They could house sit over spring break if they're not going anywhere.
They can physically house sit without driving and one of my oldest daughter's friends did once, but then their parents have to drive out here, as needed, throughout the week, because as I mentioned before, all their friends live far away. And it depends on whether the kids feel comfortable living in a strange house in a strange neighborhood for a week (although I mean strange as in unfamiliar, there are some odd people about, but they're harmless).
I also find it ironic that the two kids practically living in our backyard are not really capable of house sitting for various reasons of reliability, animal paranoia or just busyness. The one friend who lives in our neighborhood, but several blocks away, who is more than capable of house sitting animals (let's face it, the house is fine, it's the animals that need taking care of) is going to the same place we're going over spring break (Disney, not the college).
I do have a potential person lined up, I just haven't confirmed her schedule yet. But I'm still confounded by all these resources at my fingertips, yet none are available. Not even my oldest daughter because she's still in school (although she's our ride to and from the airport).
It's a frustrating dilemma to be sure. What's the point of living in a neighborhood watching a bunch of kids grow up if they can't house sit by the time they're old enough? And now that I'm saying it out loud, what's the point of birthing my own children if they just grow up and move away and can't house sit because they're in college or living in apartments of their own?
It's time I just got it out in the open. I'm not bitter or anything.