It has one more important function, which all the grandchildren know: it offers the first driving experience for those approaching the time when we must trust them in cars on the open road. This year cousins Matt and Chris turned 16 and no doubt recalled their first solo drives as they took to the real streets behind real steering wheels. The paths through our fields are a perfect place to learn in a cart that cannot exceed 3 miles an hour.
So on a recent Sunday afternoon our 13-year-old twins, Brian and Marielle, were invited to drive the cart with their younger sister, Morgan—unaccompanied. We could hear their squeals across the open land but trusted their safety. They were still laughing when they returned—telling tales about the other’s lack of driving know-how. They even let 9-year-old Morgan have a turn. No wonder I saw “off-road” tracks beside the driveway the next day! Fortunately they have a few more years of golf cart practice to perfect their skills.