121. The Driving Lesson
He had just bought a new car—a Lincoln.
was a big, long, four-door sedan. Some days,
would go out to his beautiful car and
sit in it. But he was going to
hospital next week for a colonoscopy; he needed
give his wife some practice in driving the
. She had to drive him home after the
procedure. Because he was receiving anesthesia before the
, the law required that he not drive himself
. She drove a Honda Accord, a medium-sized car.
the Honda was in the shop. Someone had
into it while she was Christmas shopping at
They got into the Lincoln. She moved the
all the way forward. They put on their
. She raised the seat a little so she
see better over the dashboard. He told her
it was just like driving the Honda, except
the Lincoln had a longer hood and a
trunk. She started the engine. She moved the
from park to reverse. “Now be careful,” he
, a little nervously. She looked in the rearview
, and started backing up.
“Brake, brake!” he yelled,
she was about to hit the three-foot-high hedge
bordered the parking lot. But his yell startled
. Instead of hitting the brake, she slammed on
gas. The brand new Lincoln went through the
hedge, through a six-foot-high wooden fence, and right
the shallow end of the swimming pool.