I can't tell you how many mornings I dropped my four kids off at school in my pajamas. Well, yes I can — basically every morning. So that tells you something about how our mornings have always looked. Whether it's scrambling to sign forms, cobbling together healthy-ish lunches, or perhaps most importantly, no time for coffee, there's never enough hours in the day to get it all done. Sure, I should be better prepared. But, when people like these parents start a coffee truck to service the school drop-off, maybe I don't have to be. The only slight hitch is that I may have to uproot the family and move to North Carolina. But otherwise, hooray for indulging disorganization with clever ingenuity.
North Carolina parents Gabriel and Heather Rael are the owners of Caffé Olé, a coffee and food truck that parks, rather brilliantly, in the parking lot of The Expedition School in Hillsborough. For the past two years, they've been serving up piping hot coffee, lattes, and cappuccinos to the weary parents and teachers of the charter school. Their inspiration behind injecting the long wait at school with some much-needed caffeine? Experience. As Heather Rael told Today Parents:
My husband was waiting in line recently to pick up our daughter and saw all the cars just sitting there. He thought it would be nice to be able to get out of his car and get something to drink. He also remembered when I was a teacher and I always wanted a place where I could get a good cup of coffee.
And with that, a coffee truck was born.
The couple opened the food truck in 2016, and parents immediately fell at their feet in weeping gratitude. Metaphorically speaking, of course. Like Leigh Flicking, who told TODAY that she initially thought she was seeing "a mirage" when she noticed a truck full of delicious coffee as she dropped her twins off at school. Flicking was afraid to get out of the car at first because she didn't want to lose her place in line or break any rules. We all know what that's like.
But eventually, the call of the mocha was too much for her (also she saw the food truck mentioned on the school's Facebook page and realized it was legit).
I chose a cafe mocha — the biggest one they made. As I threw my passengers out and wished them a happy day, I took a big gulp of my coffee and smiled because I knew that I would have a happy day, too.
Honestly, it's like a beautiful fairy tale.
Caffé Olé also happens to serve amazing coffee, with loads of tasty options; macademia nut lattes, frothy almond mochas topped with whipped cream, iced caramel latte macchiatos... basically little cups of miracles for needy parents and weary teachers.
This clearly needs to happen everywhere in the world. Sure, you have to get out of your car so as not to mess up the all important routine of the structured school car line. But it would be getting out of the car for coffee, after you've left your sweet little children at school for the whole day.
I rest my case.