To the mom at kiss-n-ride drop off today,
I understand that you’re in a hurry and that you have a routine for dropping off your kid in the right spot in the long line of cars we both wait in each morning. I understand that we’re at an elementary school and that you’re proud of your third-grader for being able to grab her backpack and make her way to class all by herself. I’m proud of her, too. I see how cute she is. How independent. Someday, I hope to be just like you.
I understand that maybe you don’t know that your elementary school also holds preschool classes that teach applied behavioral analysis methods, speech therapy and helps all sorts of special needs three and four year old kids. I get that you may not know that these classes are held in the same building in which your daughter passes notes and learns about history. I wish I didn’t have to know about them either.
But certainly you’ve noticed that there are a bunch of too-young little kids sharing a sidewalk with your kids. That they’re so little that they still need to be accompanied by their moms. Haven’t you ever wondered what those little kids are doing there? And, more to the point when it comes to this morning, haven’t you ever considered that those kids have mothers who have to park and then dodge your crazy minivan rushes in the drop-off line? That we are required to walk our kids to the school’s entrance where our teachers wait?
I don’t suppose that you have. And although I understand that, what I do not understand is you feeling like you’re accomplishing anything by giving me a crusty face because I hadn’t yet cleared your hurried path while trying to convince my kid that there is time to jump in puddles later. That’s something that I don’t understand.
So, thanks for the scrunchy-face. You made my day. Trust me when I tell you that someday, I hope to be just like you. Someday, I hope that school drop off will consist of my biggest job making sure my kid grabs his lunch.
Like I said…someday, I hope to be just like you. But, just as much, I hope that if that day ever comes, that I will also be kind. So maybe not exactly like you.