:surprise:While I think you should learn how to drive a standard, I am concerned with your wife's comment about you being an only child. That is really verbal and emotional abuse meant to force you to do something you don't want to do.
It's true that you won't be able to have her just drop what she is doing and drive you somewhere, but it's also true you can rent a car when you need it, or better yet, get some nice looking woman to pick you up and take you where you need to go.
Maybe that's not a good idea, but you get the point that she really is being way too controlling.
That is absolutely ridiculous. I can't believe someone could type such crap.