... right? I was at the dentist yesterday and she asked how difficult child was doing with his driving. "We took away the car," I told her, and then detailed the broken side mirror and scrape (When he said, 'I don't know how it happened,'' he pretty much sealed his fate), the speeding ticket, the bottle of tequila 1800 ... and somehow, I forgot about the smoking part! (Then again, I had to talk fast, before she filled my mouth with tools.) She said her son, the same age, got two speeding tickets, and when she tried to tell him how dangerous it was to speed (one ticket was near her office, a notorious place for getting a ticket, aka 42 mph in a 35 zone, but the other was 20 mph over). And his response was to yell, "I KNOW!" "No, you DON'T KNOW!" she said back. Exactly my son's words. The tech then had to weigh in about her nephew in a small town, who was going 100 mph and got thrown in jail for the weekend. He had a friend in the car, who was safe and no one crashed. But after jail, he lost his job. The conversation basically revolved around how this is a BIG life lesson, if he will learn it, and it's a whole lot better than crashing and killing your friend. Misery loves company. Kind of made me feel better, being able to look at the big picture. It's hard to see it from my perspective.