When I was learning how to drive, my father explained to me a good piece of advice. It went something like this:
People generally follow the rules of the road. Except when they are dropping off their kids at school. Then anything goes.
- My Father
The older I get, the more I realize that this is pretty accurate. People do whatever the hecke they want when they are dropping of their kids. It’s like there are no rules.
Since I still live at home and there is no rent, I offered to drive the kids to school in the early morning, because no one wants to get up at 6 in the morning to drive people. I feel like it is something that I can give back to my parents for letting me live in their house and eat their food.
What can I say? I’m a giver.
Anyways, dropping off 3 different siblings at a high school, middle school AND elementary school just confirms that people are freaking crazy to me, every single day that I do it.
First off, why is it that parents suddenly have so much to say to their child when they get to the door of the school? Honestly, they will pull up in front of the door, and of course there is a line behind them, the child will get out and then lean back in and proceed to have a long conversation with their parent while we are all waiting.
What the heck? You guys couldn’t have chatted on the drive to the school? You have to chat right in front of the door while we all wait?
And then of course, the parent will pull out in front of everyone without looking, happens every freaking day.
I think the thing that gets my goat the most though is the high school parking lot. Let me just be the first to say, WHO THE HECK GAVE THESE KIDS LICENSES?
My younger brother’s high school parking lot is just a million accidents waiting to happen. Every single high school and some parents in this parking lot will pull into a parking spot, then without warning back up extremely fast across the lane into the parking spot behind it so their car is facing forward.
I can’t tell you how dangerous this is, especially if you are driving in the parking lot, and EVERY SINGLE PERSON DOES IT! And at 5:45 in the morning? Oh the accidents…
I do have to say though, this morning at 6:04 a.m., I was waiting at a red light and suddenly a policeman pulled up next to me, which obviously made me nervous.
So we were waiting there and then all of a sudden he turns on his lights, drives through the intersection and then turns them off when he is on the other side. For some reason this cracked me up.
It is probably a huge abuse of his power, but then again I’m sure I would probably do that too if I was a policeman.
Thank God I’m not a policeman though…