Friday, September 18, 2015

Beware of the Hulk at Morning Drop Off







Have you ever had one of those days when you just feel angry? You wake up angry and it's not because of a dream you had, but just some unexplained, uneasy feeling that lingers and simmers inside. 

Have you gotten one of those days when your chest feels hollow and tight at the same time, and you keep trying to inhale and exhale to see if it will make a difference but instead fear that fire will burst out of you? You are standing on the precipice and one tiny step will turn that anger seamlessly into hostility.

Do you know what I'm talking about?

Well, recently I've been having such days and there really is no clear rhyme or reason to it. It could be hormonal, who knows? I haven't really dug deep enough but one thing has certainly become clear to me. On such days, it becomes imperative for my son to catch his school bus in the mornings. On these angry, hostile days, I've now realized that it's just too unwise of me to choose to expose myself to the morning drop off line in school. That would be like confining Bruce Banner in a torture cell and think nothing would happen.

Here's what I mean...

In my son's school, you'll find two car lanes when you enter the premisesone lane for cars entering to drop off, and the opposite lane going the opposite direction for cars exiting the school after drop off. Pretty simple, right? 

Wrong. 


The rules are simple for smart and decent adults. But as expected, there are always those few who think they're special and to whom the rules never apply. Personally, I think they're just stupid. The sad thing is, as I always say, stupidity and arrogance always go together. And this completely drives me insane! There are always those who, for whatever reason, don't think at all—don't think about the consequences of their actions, are oblivious to their surroundings, or simply don't give a sh*t about anyone else but themselves. Stupid and arrogant, like I said.

Three mornings ago, I was there. I dropped off my son and as I was driving through the exit lane, I noticed a white SUV stopped a few feet in front me, blocking my lane. This vehicle, though in the same direction as those just about to drop off, was parked on the exit lane, my lane, blocking drivers like me who needed to leave. In other words, the driver went against the traffic flow. The driver, a female, was stopped side by side another SUV and they were chatting. I was stopped just a few feet away from this jerk, waiting for her to feel embarrassed. I saw her look my way and then looked back at her other driver friend and proceeded to chat. Clearly she took her time to wrap up their conversation and I swear that when she finally moved her vehicle, I did not detect any sense of urgency from her and neither did she wave at me to apologize for the inconvenience she's caused. It took every ounce of will power on my part to resist the temptation to keep driving and just hit her head on. Just sayin'...

Then yesterday morning, I witnessed something similar. By the time I got to the school, the line was already getting long and there were already a number of cars waiting. Things were crawling but I knew we still had a lot of time and there was no reason to get stressed out. I was actually having a nice chat with my son while we were waiting when this pick-up truck drove past me on my left side. To reiterate, that lane is only for cars exiting. This pick-up truck had no business going against the flow, bypassing everyone who was already lined up. I watched to see and gave the male driver the benefit of the doubt, thinking that maybe he would turn towards the parking lot. No, I was wrong. I kept watching and saw that he kept driving and basically cut the line. He stopped right by the school doors and dropped off his daughter. A**h*le!! Another arrogant jerk who thinks the rules don't apply to him because he's so freakin' special!

And let's not forget that of course on a daily basis there are parents who just refuse to be considerate and continue to take their sweet time during drop off. They open doors for their kids who appear perfectly capable of doing it themselves. They hug and kiss and chat a little, and gracefully waltz back towards their vehicles as if time has magically stood still. WTF!! They never seem to care that the line behind them has extended to close to a mile and that there are other students who would not make it on time, thanks to their stupid, oblivious, inconsiderate brains!

So yes, morning drop off is clearly very unhealthy for me. For someone who already suffers from periodic angry days, I think it's best I minimize contact with idiots who have unbelievable levels of self-entitlement. I just don't have the patience and I can't promise I'd have the will to stay well-behaved at all times. Don't say you've not been warned.

 Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry...












7 comments:

  1. My morning drop off is always smooth because both kids still go to a tiny school, but reading your story made me hostile too! It baffles me that some people think they are more important than anyone else. The bus is a wise choice!

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    1. Baffling indeed, Susan! It's like I'm gonna need Xanax just for drop-off, hehehe......

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  2. Interesting -- hard for me to relate but I appreciate the warning to stay out of your way LOL

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    1. Hahaha, I promise to be nice around you, Carol. I honestly don't think you behave like those jerks I encounter. ;-)

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  3. Joy I swear I read your blog and I just get to laughing so hard. I can see you in your car cussing, hitting the steering wheel. You need yoga my dear! Serious, serious yoga hahaha! Don't change though because you're too funny. I just can't cross the pictures of the angry mom and the happy, bouncy person I met at the conference! It seems like two totally different people. It reminds me of after my daughter was born and I used that birth control Norplant that was injected into the skin of your arm and it lasted for 5 years.

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    1. Rena, your comments mean a lot and it's such a bonus knowing I've made you laugh somehow. To answer your question though about the difference you see between the angry and happy me, well, it's really simple. When you met me in March, I was around lovely, well-mannered and intelligent people. :-))

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  4. Unfortunately, common courtesy isn't so common anymore.

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