Barbara Cardile

My mom, Barbara Cardile, of Rio Grande in Middle Township, tried to teach me how to drive. I admit that it was a valiant but ultimately unsuccessful effort. With my learner's permit, she would ride with me to school and afterwards continue on to work. Theoretically, this should have worked out, but me being a 16-year-old driver terrified my poor mother. Her anxiety only added to mine as I was suddenly responsible for navigating us down the road. She refused to drive with me and had my father take over. Being an unruly, stubborn teenager, I cannot blame her - but this is why she is special. When I got my license, I wanted to drive to Ohio with my mother for sightseeing and a family visit. She had never spent much time alone in a car with me at the helm - surely a recipe for disaster! But she gave me the benefit of the doubt as we split the driving. We ended up having a wonderful, memorable adventure that I will cherish for the rest of my life. She even admitted that I had turned out to be a decent driver - one of the best compliments I have ever received. I aspire to be like her every day. - Sara Cardile, Bear, Del.

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