It all started last November, when I learned that my mother's driver's license had expired in the preceding month. She told me she would take care of this right away. Fast forward two months to mid-January, when I attempted to get insurance quotes on a different vehicle for my mother. The insurance company required her [...]

It all started last November, when I learned that my mother's driver's license had expired in the preceding month. She told me she would take care of this right away.
Fast forward two months to mid-January, when I attempted to get insurance quotes on a different vehicle for my mother. The insurance company required her driver's license number before providing a quote.
'Oh I forgot about that. It's expired,' she told me when I called her about the driver's license number.
The next few weeks would involve regular calls to see if she had renewed the driver's license yet. She had several reasons why she had not done this, which I will not address here. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous about her driving on an expired license and told her she should not use her vehicle until she drives down to renew the driver's license.
Thankfully, my mother has a great neighbor who has been very helpful to her and has done shopping for her, even taking her prepared food at times. That's good because she has not (I hope) driven to the store over the past month or so.
Anyway, my mother finally called me this past Monday night, leaving a message: she finally had the new driver's license and was not even charged a penalty for being 3 months late.
What a relief it was to hear that.
The moral of the story is simple: don't drive like that. Yes, you may be able to convince the friendly policeman in the small town you live in that you simply forgot to renew your out-of-date driver's license and that you're really sorry about that, but don't count on it.
To sons of moms everywhere, hopefully you won't have to speak those same words your mother might have spoken to you when you were a teenager.
'Now mom, am I going to have to take those keys away?'