Early morning carpool.
In Bossy’s neighborhood public school, things like orchestra and band and chorus happen before school and the corresponding school buses, but Bossy has this thing against driving her daughter all around in her own little box of a car while to the right and left of Bossy are similar little car boxes containing kids who live to the right and left of Bossy — all of them coming from the same place and going to the same place, it’s just silly.
Luckily the neighbors on Bossy’s street are very into the concept of carpooling, and for the hundredth year have pulled together a carpooling schedule for five Middle School kids.
In the past, Bossy and her fellow carpoolers were assigned according to the Day, for instance Day 1 might be 6th grade orchestra and 7th grade band and 8th grade chorus and Bossy is making all of this up to serve as an example so, Bossy’s daughter, don’t be all, “That isn’t it at all,” — but anyway, maybe Bossy would be assigned driving duty on Day 1, so no matter which day of the week Day 1 fell on, Bossy would be handling the driving on that day and sister mercy maybe this is why some people drink caffeine in the morning.
But this year, the brilliant minds behind the carpooling schedule decided to assign each household a set day of the week, which is a much more job-friendly way of doing it. So for instance maybe during one month Bossy would be assigned Wednesdays, which means every Wednesday Bossy drives… even if, for instance, it’s Day Two and Bossy’s own daughter doesn’t have anything that day and sister mercy maybe this is why some people drink gin in the morning. Not that Bossy does. Especially not on Wednesdays. Hi, neighbors!
Anyway, and why is there always an anyway, there are many times Bossy drives children who aren’t her own while her own daughter stays behind to catch the extra sleep. Just like there are many times Bossy’s neighbors do the same, situation reversed.
All this to say, it’s all whacky, but it works, and thank gah for it, and for Bossy’s smart neighbors.
L saysOctober 22, 2009 at 8:22 am
I did that when my kids went to school. It worked great. That way I knew my driving day. Now that they are grown and 2 are out of the house, I sometimes think about those days long ago.
Gail K. saysOctober 22, 2009 at 9:01 am
The Great American Carpool – where would we be without it? My days are M, W and every other F. sometimes the extra passenger has to go other places with you. Like the Pediatrician’s – where the nurse says “You have 3 kids, but only 2 are getting a flu mist?” Then you point to passenger and say “That one is NOT mine!” – even though you were on him to do his homework and and he got “Smarties” from the nurse any way.
Lizzy saysOctober 22, 2009 at 9:04 am
Wait, you mean there are people who DON’T have caffeine and gin in the morning? Weird.
Bobbie saysOctober 22, 2009 at 9:26 am
Three years ago we started out with a four person carpool to the Catholic high school (no buses). Now three of the four kids have their driver’s licenses. In Connecticut, you cannot drive with anyone else in your car (besides parents or a 4-year licensed driver) until you have had your license for a year. So now four separate cars pull out of four separate driveways within a quarter mile of each other, all going to the exact same place. Oh, my child is the one who doesn’t have his license yet…
Debby saysOctober 22, 2009 at 9:36 am
TOTALLY there with you. We drive Mon/Wed and alternating Fri ams. DD gets a ride Tues/Thurs am.
Ignore the fact that we BOTH drive to work those days and DD’s school is 1.5 blocks from my parking space (yes I pay for parking in freaking Oklahoma, small town).
Anyway (hee), by us driving 2/3 days a week, DD has a guaranteed ride home from the other carpool peeps which is a “big deal” since it’s a small private school with no busses.
Except for Friday afternoons when we PAY a local Christain college senior to pick her up (because I’m insane and need to pay for something I have for free). It’s all about helping said college student with $$ and having DD (and DS who does ride the bus, except on Mondays and Thursdays when I drive him because of said before-school activities) have interaction w/a young person who is a *good* person (lol).
Lordy, I’m exhausted. Rest assured Bossy, you aren’t alone.
Debby saysOctober 22, 2009 at 9:38 am
And, let me guess – the MOMS put this together? My dh is *clueless* to the amount of work/thought this takes
dognutmom saysOctober 22, 2009 at 10:20 am
Oh yeah, brings back memories. We had a rotating schedule .. first month I was Wed & Thurs, second month, Wed only, third month NOTHING!! Woot!!, then rinse and repeat. Then a totally different car pool schedule for after school soccer … then they all got their licenses and I was off the hook! Double Woot!! And now, when my son comes home from college, he always has my car and I can’t go anywhere at all. No woot.
Jenn @ Juggling LIfe saysOctober 22, 2009 at 10:42 am
Ahhh, the middle school carpool. There were the 3 years I had just one day a week. It was heaven.
dgm saysOctober 22, 2009 at 11:47 am
We carpool with one other family cuz our kids’ school is about 25 mins from home. In the beginning of the year I was always confused about who was to drop off or pick up when, but then we became acquainted with Google Calendar. And a chorus of angels rang out.
Julie saysOctober 22, 2009 at 11:58 am
I just adore Bossy’s neighborhood! Is there a vacancy?
Cupcake Murphy saysOctober 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm
I LOVE those pictures of early morningland.
Ginny saysOctober 25, 2009 at 9:32 pm
That is very smart.
Sandra saysNovember 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm
I’m cracking up over the fact you have to drive on some days and your daughter isn’t even in the car. But if it works, it works. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Ercan saysNovember 23, 2012 at 3:37 am
Devils advocate here. Perhaps inasetd of shopping close to home, we will all shop online. I think you are forgetting that we are one of, if not THE, laziest countries in the world made up of peoplevery much set in their ways. The majority of people aren’t going to walk or ride a bike, I hate to break it to you. Especially when so much of the state is rural. No way will someone walk or ride miles to bring home bags of groceries. I live in Omaha, but I am 3 miles from a grocery store. Will anyone in my neighborhood hop on a bike to head to Baker’s? Not gonna happen. We found out in 2007 and 2008 what happens when people panic- they stop renting storage units or move out of their storage units. There’s always some good and some bad to everything. In this case though, I think the bad outweighs the good. From the average American’s standpoint anyway.