• What time do the parents in the front of the line get here?
Seriously. I arrive 15 minutes early, and I’m still in the back 3rd of the line.
30 minutes early? 1 hour early? I, for one, have no idea.
• Am I the only person who drives a small car anymore?
Every other vehicle seems to be an SUV or minivan. Granted, with 3 kids, my Toyota Corolla days are numbered, but still. If you only have one child, do you really need that SUV? How did our parents survive with regular cars and 3 kids? After all, kids nowadays take up the same amount of room as they did 30 years ago. But I digress…
• Why does the walkie talkie teacher stand on the passenger side of the cars? Wouldn’t it be easier to stand on the driver’s side?
Instead, I must roll down the passenger side window when I reach the teacher, and yell my stepdaughter’s name out to receive my lane assignment.
• When did the whole pickup process become so streamlined?
1. Parent tells Walkie Talkie Teacher (WTT) which child they are there to pick up.
2. WTT alerts teachers watching group of car-rider kids, that so-and-so’s parent is here, and to send child to next available lane #.
3. WTT tells parent that child will be in Lane # such-and-such.
4. The parent continues in the car line until she reaches the specific pickup lane where her child is waiting to be picked up.
5. Finally, a teacher oversees as the child is loaded into the car.
I’m not complaining about the process necessarily, since at least it keeps traffic moving. If anything, I’m complaining about the sheer number of parents that pick their children up from elementary school, instead of letting them ride the bus.
(Full disclosure-my stepdaughter is a transfer student who doesn’t live in her school district, so she cannot ride the bus to or from school.)
But I suspect most of the children attending the school live in that district, and many parents in the car line could wait at their child’s bus stop, if they don’t want their child to walk a few blocks by themselves, instead of in the pickup line.
• What genius came up with the hours of 9am-4pm for elementary school students?
If you work full-time, you most likely work 8am-5pm, which means that your child must attend both before-school care and after-school care. Are the other parents in the pickup line stay at home parents like I am, or are they mothers that work part-time around their children’s school schedules?
• How did parents survive before smartphones?
Those 15 minutes waiting in the pickup line are a great chance to browse Facebook, Instagram, read and delete junk emails, etc. This is some glorious “me” time, as long as my 6-month-old and 1 year old in the backseat continue napping.
• What the heck? Did that SUV really zoom past the 50 or so cars in line, going the wrong way in the exit line, and narrowly missing a head-on collision with an exiting car?
Is picking up your child first worth getting into a car wreck? If anything, that parent should have gone to the front of the school, through the office, and arrived before school let out, to pick up her child early.
Readers: Tell me about your child’s school pickup experience. Is it similar to mine?
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