Attention Parents: Today I am having trouble offering much grace to anyone!
Today it is cold and rainy in north Texas. My elementary student is at home sick and there is no other way I would have preferred to spend the afternoon than wrapped up with him on the couch. But, the 2:40 alarm I have set on my phone that reminds me it is pick up time went off and I went to the elementary school anyway. I pick up my neighbors kid, and it is cold and rainy.
When I get to the school, there are parents parked everywhere. People parked in parking lots that are off-limits, driving through lots that are blocked off. And cars slide into parking spots like they were driven by Ace Ventura. What the heck, people! It’s cold and rainy, it’s not Armageddon! And this was the part of the school that releases the walkers. I did not have the guts to venture to the side of the school that hosts the “car rider” line.
There was a car backed in to a teachers spot, that we all knew was not a teacher. And why backed in? For a quick get away? Another car parked about 5 feet from the curb, I guess so their kid wouldn’t have to step in the water when getting in? So instead, he was parked halfway in the other lane, prepared to block traffic. Then another parent comes rolling in right after the bell lets the kids out, going entirely too fast, sending a wave of water waist high on a third grader. What is wrong with people!
I am all for getting the little guys out of the wind and rain as soon as you can, but for the love of Mike, let’s keep our wits about us! All this disorder and the willy-nilly free-for-all behavior is not setting a good example for the littles.
How about a little planning ahead? I know it sounds crazy, but every evening the weather man makes a prediction about what the next day’s weather is going to be like. I suggest you tune in at 5, 6 or 10pm and inform yourself of the weather situation for the next day. You might also find a weather app for your phone handy. Either of these would let you know that little Billy needed a coat and an umbrella today for school so you wouldn’t make a complete jack-wagon out of yourself at pick up today.
I realize that it is a mere 13 days until Spring Break. And I promise, we are all D.O.N.E. with this school year, but y’all have got to pull yourselves together if we are going to make it to the finish line without any of us going to jail.