Today is the big One Five - or officially the starting the third year of teenager years (age 13-19). Actually the key date will be six months from today since that will be when Ellen can get her Learners permit to drive.
Out in rural Kansas, Dad continued the tradition of teaching each of his Grandchildren how to drive. That was only natural since he also taught both Jenna and Ellen how to ride a bike. So Ellen experienced her first maneuvering experience in the parking lot of Derby's municipal park.
Already Ellen is pointing out "cool" cars to me - hinting that there will soon be a need for a third car to be available. It all fits together as the social teenage years of independence converge with weary parental taxi cab requirements.
Happy Birthday Ellen