The dreaded line of SUVs


Line of SUVs outside the school
Originally uploaded by Liz Henry.

My house is two blocks away from an elementary and a middle school, so every day twice a day I see the scene in this photo: a enormous line of SUVs stretching far down the street.

I am sure some people have sleeping babies strapped into carseats. Those of you with small children strapped in, go ahead and line up. But the rest of them, for god’s sake, park a couple of blocks away and walk! Walking! Not so bad for you! It’s a nice day out!

Oh, and this corner and the one on the other side of the school – both of them need a 4-way stop with stop signs and crosswalks. The SUVs are especially scary. I’m not buying into a stereotype when I say that damn near everyone in them is on the phone and drinking a latte… and they are also ill tempered at being in traffic. Traffic they’re needlessly causing.

*crankily signing off*

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4 Responses to The dreaded line of SUVs

  1. squid says:

    One thing I've noticed about Deadwood is the number of people who have multiple kids in different schools which all then of course start at about the same time. So, panic and curbside drop-kicking ensues. Also if you are late, parking and walking is not an option.Not that any of this applies to me or that I'm taking it personally! 🙂 And besides, I drive a dorkyfuck minivan.

  2. badgermama says:

    Good point. I should talk, with only one kid and one pick-up/drop-off time. God, I wish we had BUSES. It's so crazy not to!

  3. Krisco says:

    Liz,I agree on the buses thing.But the latte thing? I would love to have a latte every day. So the line…the SUV…the no sleeping kid excuse…I'm with ya. But the latte thing? Now this I'll cut them slack on. (In my totally me-centric assessment of it all…)erhy

  4. squid says:

    We do have buses, or at least Esperanza did. But parents have to pay for them unless their kid is in the Special Ed department. We didn't go the short bus route even though it was offered as Leelo would have had to have been ready at some ungodly hour like 7:15, and then would have vegged in the bus for 45 minutes while they collected the other kids).