The car rider-line is not just the manner that some parents drop off and pick up our kids from school; it can be a never-ending source of frustration and things to be annoyed about. We all want it to go smoothly, but sometimes, it just doesn’t. Behold the 8 most common struggles of the car-rider line:
- The overzealous hand-flappers: Look, I get it. The morning drop-off ladies are there to make the process go smoothly; You want us to drive forward. I generally move when the car in front of me moves, at the safest level of speed I can move at. You can flap your hands as fast as you want- I can only go as fast as the car in front of me.
2. Safety patrol kids that don’t shut your car door all the way. This applies more to when my kids were in first and second grade (now they know damn well to make sure the door is shut before they walk off). But as my little nuggets hop out of the car and towards their classroom, if you insist on being the one to shut the back passenger door, then PLEASE close it hard so I don’t have to hear the beep all the way to work! (Because lord knows, I can’t stop and close it myself, lest the overzealous hand flapper notice and flap herself into a frenzy.) Side note- I love the awesome safety-patrollers who say “Have a great day!” before they shut door. Kids with nice manners really help start the day off right.
3. Again, more for kindergarteners/first graders still in 5 point harnesses- but have you ever had to unbuckle and remove 3 kids in carseats from the driver’s seat? It’s not easy and the only reason I can do it is because I have a doublejointed shoulder. Have patience, hand-flappers.
4. The child that is completely happy until .2 seconds before it’s time to get out of the car, then decides to have a panic attack because he forgot his socks for crazy sock day. There we sit, with the door open, the flappers flapping, and the tears starting to flow. You assure them you’ll drop off the crazy socks and everything will be ok but by this time you have caused at least a 10 second delay in the line and someone is probably going to call the cops on you in a second.
5. Parents that are too busy updating their twitter page to notice that the line has moved….. I’d rather not honk because we are most likely going to run into each other again and then it will be awkward. Just keep your eyes on the line, ok?
5. Your kid forgets his lunch box in your car and walks off! He’s too far away to call back by the time you see it. You’ll have to park and drop it off, but damn… you’re still your PJ’s. You’ll have to go home and change first.
6. The new-to-this parent or family member. We were all there once, right? If you aren’t a regular school-picker-upper, you probably aren’t familiar with the etiquette and process. So we’ll try to be patient, but really- did you not see that all the cars are facing the opposite direction?
7. The first day of school. That’s all I’m going to say.
8. Crazy Crossing guard. The speed limit is 15, but if you go over 6 MPH- expect the grand “SLOW DOWN” hand gesture and a major case of stink eye.
Did I miss anything?