I have had it. I am done. I am not going to do this anymore!
The critical point has finally been reached and it only took 3 weeks for me to see the absolute stupidity in this daily task. This may be the beginning of a roll.
Have I mentioned how much I deplore having to pick my children up from school? Did I mention that I spend at least an hour a day picking up and dropping off? Maybe I let it slip somewhere that I get what could be considered "waiting in long line parked car road rage" when I see people breaking the rules? How about the crossing guards who hold up traffic so a kid that is still 20 feet from the cross walk can cross - 10 cars could have gotten in during that time. Why don't we let the cars use the road, and then when the kids get to the cross walk stop traffic? Makes sense to me. My blood is starting to boil just thinking about it. I sit in line and see a dozen things that could be done better, and I can't stand it anymore - I am about to explode!
Well no more, or at least no more in the afternoon, for me!
It is ridiculous that I should sit in a parked car for upwards of 45 minutes just so my children don't have to wait too long after school to be picked up. Time is money. Or in my case time is time! What could I do with that wasted time? Plenty! I could even choose to waste it on something else. Anything but sitting and getting angry.
So today I drew a line in the sand and said: I will no longer play your stupid waiting game. I will not get in line 30 minutes before school gets out. And wait behind 30 other cars who arrived even earlier than I did. In fact, I won't even be in the line when the school gets out. No. I am going to sit in my house - no more parked cars for me.
The idea came to me yesterday, after another long wait. As I was leaving the parking lot I noticed the time was 10 minutes after school had let out and there was still a long line of cars trying to get into the line to pick up kids. The school keeps the kids outside and ready to pick up until 30 minutes after school lets out. After which they take them back into the school and you have to sign them out in person. So really I have 30 minutes before I look like a negligent parent. Light bulb moment!
Arriving twenty minutes after school releases the students proved to be just right. I pulled into the parking lot and opened my doors, no wait. The kids got in and we left. Yes they mentioned my tardiness, but I told them this was going to be the new normal and advised them to remember to pack a book. Let's see 10 minutes or 50 minutes roundtrip, which would you choose?
Yes, it means my kids will have to "wait" for me, but I am sure they will come to appreciate a more relaxed mother when they get home. I know I am already.
Now if I could just get them up and at school 20 minutes before school starts I wouldn't have to deal with the craziness in the morning either. That will be my next project.