Years ago — about 7.5 or so — I wrote about the car line at school, because it was crazy. It wasn’t really about people disobeying rules, but more what people were doing while waiting for kids to come out of school. It was like they forgot we could see into their cars. I get it. Sometimes I forget that I’ve got my actually glasses on, instead of sunglasses, and y’all can see my eyes roll.
There were nose hair tweezers, denture removers, nappers and a lady who cussed at her toddler. Every day was an adventure. I quit paying attention, because I’m addicted to at least 10 different podcasts, and I look at the wait in car line as my time. You do you. I’m busy being a Murderino while waiting on the next season of “Up and Vanished.” I’m always taking suggestions.
If I’m being honest, I don’t mind if car line takes a little longer than usual, because it means I get to finish listening in peace. I plan my day for a little extra time, in case there’s a train or a person who forgets to pull forward in the line.
Speaking of trains, in order to avoid a train, I moved around town and got caught at four different intersections. None of them was facing the same direction. How many other towns can boast such a unique problem? I wouldn’t bother trying to avoid trains, if they weren’t so dadgum slow. I guess they’re so dadgum slow because they’re in the middle of a town?
The first week or so of school is always a little rough. Everyone is getting used to new schedules and routines, and it takes a minute. Car line is no exception. Yesterday, when I went to grab our little carpool, the line was wrapped way around the block, halting traffic in all directions. I waited for about 30 minutes. By this time next week, it’ll be all settled. Don’t blame the school. Most have a plan in place. The real problem? Parents.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the biggest reason car line at school is so absolutely sucky, is because of car line cheaters. They don’t only make it slow, what with their cutting in line and creating their own rules, but it’s downright unsafe at times.
I watched a man get out of his car once, on the traffic side, and in the street, moving stuff around to make room for kids in the car. The same kids walked out into the street to get in the car, nearly missing getting hit by a moving car.
Also? Pull up. Just pay attention, and pull up when it’s your turn. Don’t stop early, just because you think it’s a better place to stop. It’s okay if your kid has to walk 10 extra feet to get to you.
Car line is not the place to get organized. It makes me crazy when people rearrange the contents of their car in the drive-thru line. The same goes for car line. Get in and move on.
This isn’t rocket science. In fact, it’s simple. Be safe. Be kind. Follow the rules. Don’t chit-chat unless your car is in drive, and you are actively getting out of the way. Remember that we all have places to be. Remember it’s not always the school’s fault. The teachers with car line duty, who have been dealing with your kids all day, don’t want to hassle with you, too. They’re ready to go home, and when we all leave the line, they can. Oh, and don’t cheat. Cheaters never win. And for the love of everything holy: pull forward. A little louder for the people in the back? PULL FORWARD.