Mom’s Back on the Road

Last week, my mom’s car breathed its last breath. My husband and I looked at a number of used cars at our favorite dealer and narrowed it down to two. Then, I took Mom out to test drive them.

Raul, the car salesman, hopped in the backseat. He gave Mom directions as if he was talking to a normal driver. Now, my mother is a very lovely woman…but she’s over 80 years old, so tiny she can barely see over the windshield, as deaf as a fence post but refuses to admit it, and needs clear directions WAY ahead of the need to turn. Or stop.

She flew through one red light.

Then missed the turn.

By now, Raul had sized up the situation and started to TALK LOUD and SLOW, pointing out an upcoming turn WAY before she needed to turn.

When it was time to test drive the second car, Raul opted to pass. “You just go ahead with her,” he said to me, mopping the sweat off of his forehead. “I trust you.”

A few hours later, we negotiated a great price for a great car.

And Mom is back on the road. Heads up, everyone!

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Clayton says:

    Funny thing…my teenage daughter has the same driving technique as Honey!
    K in Texas

  2. Ann says:

    Well, Suzanne, if it make you feel any better. I was just chatting with my neighbor who told me her 84 year father is still driving—-and he can hardly see!! YIKES!!!!