Good God, you guys. I had the funniest morning commute this morning, in the history of morning commutes. Madilyn goes to a VPK (Voluntary Pre-K) program at a local elementary school. The program is great and I love her teachers. I feel very secure with her going there. I feel as though she’s learning a lot, but beyond learning a lot of things, she’s gaining new friends and fabulous social skills. I’ve even learned things about my daughter that I didn’t know, like the fact that she’s a complete sweetheart to some of the special needs children in her class. I always thought she was kind of snobby so to find out she has a big heart just makes me the happiest mommy in the world.
What doesn’t make me a happy mommy is the whole parking situation at her school. You see, us VPK parents have to walk our children into the school and to their classrooms. That’s all fine and well, but the problem is that the parking lot is tiny.
The way it’s supposed to go is that VPK parents have parking passes on their dashboards, and they are supposed to be the only parents who park and walk their kids in. Unfortunately this isn’t the way it happens. Most mornings, I spend 5-8 minutes looking for parking in this one-lane parking lot. I see parents leaning on their Jeeps chatting with other parents, and other parents walking their K-4th grade kids to the crosswalk, waving good bye, then heading back to their cars.
It is positively INFURIATING. There is a carpool line for children who attend the school and I can think of precisely ZERO reasons for a parent to walk their child to the crosswalk when there is an incredibly safe and effective carpool line in place. Does carpool suck? Yes. It sucks at every school across the nation. I should know, I’ve done carpool in three different states, in five different cities, for the last 8 years. I know how hard carpool sucks. Unfortunately, it’s just part of being a parent. A crappy, unfortunate part of being a parent.
Know what sucks even harder? Having to walk your child all the way into the school after watching douchebag parents NOT follow the rules and fighting for parking every morning.
There are absolutely zero reasons why I should arrive into the parking lot at 7:50 and not park until 8:00. Zero.
So this morning, I couldn’t find a parking spot after circling the parking lot twice. There is a spot where parking cones separate the parking lot from the carpool line so I parallel parked there, not blocking anyone, not in anyone’s way. I left my teenager in the car, got out and took Madilyn inside the school.
This is where things get fun.
When I walked outside, there was this lady freaking out near my car. She was asking everyone within earshot “WHOSE CAR IS THIS?” “IS THIS YOUR CAR?” “WHO WOULD PARK HERE?” “WHY WOULD SOMEONE DO THAT?” Freaking the ever loving eff out.
I couldn’t wait to get to the car. I really couldn’t wait. I’m not a fighter and I wasn’t about to cause a scene, it’s just not my style, but I could tell this lady was looking for a fight. I got to my car and said, “It was me.” and she screamed, “YOU CAN’T PARK HERE!”
So I did what I do and I smiled at her, told her I’d never do it again, got in my vehicle, and drove away.
In my rearview mirror I witnessed her run up to the school Police Officer and start tattling on me.
It gave me the biggest chuckle to see someone freak out over absolutely nothing.
I really think the school should hire this lady to run interference in the parking lot. Maybe they could have her taze everyone who comes into the parking lot without a VPK parking pass. That would be a whole lot more effective than having a heart attack over someone parking in a non-descript area to get their preschooler into the school.
I’m not the only angry VPK parent at this school, but hopefully I’m the last. They HAVE to do something to get this ridiculousness under control.
Do you have any carpool horror stories?