Here he is. Our backseat driver.
William has been learning about traffic laws, traffic lights, and directions. He likes to tell us when the light is green and when it is red. He recognizes landmarks, and he knows when to turn to go home or to a familiar place around town.
He knows a lot about traffic laws for a three year old, though he still doesn't understand the rule about yielding for a left turn on green, or about being allowed to take a right turn on red. We have gotten used to explaining things to him because he's always ready to tell us from the backseat about what we're doing "wrong!"
My mom has been here a lot this summer to help me out while Will has been taking J-terms (one week classes held in January, June, or July). She has experienced the fun of having our little three year old backseat driver. On one particular morning she took William to the Bass Pro Shop so that I could sleep in. Before going to the Bass Pro Shop, though, they made a quick stop at CVS. Here is how their conversation went in the car:
William: "Nana, do you have a map?"
Nana: "Yes, William, I have a map, but it is back at the house."
William: "This is not the way to the Bass Pro Shop."
Nana: "I'm going to CVS first."
William: "This is not the way to CVS."
Can you just hear the skepticism in his voice? He was questioning her every move! In William's defense, though, Mom was taking him to a different CVS than we usually go to. The route was different, but William still got to CVS, and he still got to the Bass Pro Shop. He was just a little worried for a while. :)