At my age, there are several things to look forward
to, but one stands clearly above the rest. It’s the day you turn 16 and get your driver’s license. That was my experience this year. For me, finally getting my license made my entire year better.
I have so much freedom now. I can go where I want, when I want—within reason of course. The best part is I don’t have to sit and beg for a ride and then wait until someone is available to take me.
This year was my first experience getting to go Christmas shopping by myself. I finally felt like I was a “big kid.” I didn’t have to wait until my mom decided she wanted to go. I didn’t have to get dragged into store after store that I didn’t want to go to. I didn’t have to wait until my mom finished getting all the presents so we could go home.
I just got in my car one Saturday and decided to go Christmas shopping. I went to a store of my choice, and bought presents I knew my friends would like. When I wanted to leave, I paid for my own gifts and then left. I went to as many stores as I wanted to, until I said, “I was done.”
Then I packed up my car will all the bags of things I had bought and drove home. To most people, it is just another year with another present to buy for that person. Yet, to me, it was a huge deal. It signified that I was finally growing up and becoming more independent. I have even started to feel a new sense of Christmas spirit that comes with being an adult.
Kaylee Peatross is a sophomore at Tooele High School.