Hey Carpool Mom - Quit Driving Like A Jerk!
We started at a brand new school this year for Kindergarten, and so far our experience has been top-notch. Everyone has been welcoming, Audrey Grace has made friends rather quickly, and the academics seem to be even above what I had hoped for. She has switched to private school this year - and even though I grew up in private schools and taught in a private school - I was still a bit nervous about being the parent of a child enrolled in one. Would the other parents be nice? Would I be intimidated by the other moms in their fancy cars while I rolled up in my beat-up Ford?
As it turns out - it has been wonderful. I'm not intimidated at all. Everyone has been beyond kind to us - even if I do drive a beat-up Ford. Which is why, when I was bringing my daughter to school the other day and this Audi was riding my tail so close I was afraid the people inside might catch my little summer cold, I was surprised to see that the driver pulled into the school parking lot and unloaded her kids in the car line. Being a bit of an optimist, I was willing to brush that one off. Everyone has one of those mornings now and again, right?
Then last Friday, two (not beat-up, rather expensive) cars zoomed around me like they were participating in a Hollywood car chase. We were in the middle of a little residential neighborhood, mind you - not the place that people should be speeding or weaving around other cars. Guess what parking lot said cars pulled into? THE SAME ONE AS ME. Two more speeding yahoos with kids in the same school as mine? Lovely. I wrinkled up my nose at them as we walked past them in the parking lot - sending off silent 'what is your problem?' vibes in their direction. They didn't see me, but it made me feel better.
After that, you would think I wouldn't have been surprised when, this morning, a Mercedes SUV came flying up behind me so fast that I flinched - I thought we were going to get rear-ended. Then, in the middle of a residential neighborhood, this car swung over into the other lane, sped up and passed me, then cut right back in front of me, just in time to slow down and wait in the car line. Guess what her license plate frame said? You guessed it! Another proud parent who can't drive.
I know it's silly, but these carpool jerks are so irritating to me. Don't they know that when they drive like that, they put their kids in danger? Also - they give all parents at the school a bad name. And for the record, I don't exactly drive like a grandma, so for me to be offended by the lack of common courtesy exhibited in driving means it must be pretty bad. So - to all of you carpool jerks out there - you're doing it wrong! If you need to get to school 3 seconds before me here's a tip - try leaving your house a bit earlier!
Do you deal with this at your kids' schools?