In the three weeks that school has been in session, there have been a few things that have really grated on my nerves about the carpoolers. So, consider this a public service announcement for anyone who may be picking up kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade at Abby's school.
1. There are spots lined off and numbered in front of the school for a reason. And no, it's not to help your kid (or you, for that matter) learn to count. That is where you are to stop your car to pick up your child. Let me spell it out for you... If you are the first car in line, you are to pull up and stop in the #1 spot. Not in between the #2 and #3 spots, even if that is directly in front of the walkway. And then the second car will pull up into the #2 spot, and the third car in the #3 spot. Do you see a pattern here?
2. If you are going to park your car, get out of your car and go into the school to get your child, do not pull into the carpool lane. There is a parking lot adjacent to the carpool lane with your name written all over it. Use it, so we do not have to wait for 15 minutes, wasting our golden gas, while you block the entire lane.
3. This is not the teachers' first rodeo, folks. They know what they are doing. So if the teacher at the end of the line calls for your child and then the 4 spots in front of you open up, you can go on and move up. Your child will find you. Trust me, those teachers want nothing more than to get your child in the right vehicle so that y'all can get on home. Because that means that they can get on home.
4. If you are sitting in the mile long traffic jam and someone is waiting to pull out, for the love of all that is good and holy, let them out in front of you! If you are going less than a mile an hour, one vehicle length is not going to put you any further behind.
In summary, please do not leave your common sense or your common courtesy at home when you go to pick up your child from school.
Thank you and good night.