With this school year almost at a close, there's one thing I won't be missing: the line we drive through to drop off and pick up our kids. It's a damn nightmare. Right now, my kids go to two different schools and while each have their pros and cons, it seems like a lot of people don't know or enact any of the basic rules for drop off and pickupat either school. It's not a knock on the school, or even the parents, really. It's merely a perfect storm of circumstances, emotions, and events that make for a ridiculously uncomfortable, often stressful situation. To be honest, I'm stressed just thinking about it.
Back in my day the whole pick up and drop off process was rather uneventful. When I wasn't riding the bus, and before I had a license, my mom or grandmother went through the motions. I don't remember any bothersome navigation rules to keep traffic flowing, or lingering cars that prevented such flow from actually happening. It just wasn't a topic or an issue that I can remember either of my caretakers being particularly concerned with.
So I'm not sure why it's an everyday thing for us now, other than people are probably more distracted than ever. Between social media and life, it's hard not to be. However, if you're in my drop off or pick up line at the preschool, here are some basic rules so that, you know, we can get this thing over and done with (and without it ruining the rest of our day).