Thursday, November 21, 2013

There were so many other parking spots

Ann Marie and I went to Costco today. I got there when it opened, so I had a pretty decent parking spot nice and close to the cart return. After we were done and I had loaded all of the things into the car, I saw a minivan waiting for my parking spot, blinker fully engaged. She sat there while I shut the trunk and walked the cart back to the cart return. There were plenty of other spots free, so I don't see why she didn't just park in one of them. Why is it people are willing to spend extra time waiting in the car in order to save time walking? It's like the people who show up forty-five minutes early for school pickup. Yes, they get a spot close to the door which makes for a quicker getaway, but I get there ten minutes early and I drive away only about five minutes after the early people, so the total time I spend waiting around the school is only fifteen minutes and they wait forty-five. How does that make any sense?

But this minivan lady must have thought it would be worthwhile to wait; after all, all I had to do was return the cart, buckle the baby into her car seat, get in and drive away. How long can that possibly take? What she failed to consider, however, was that buckling the baby into her car seat takes at least five minutes, and that's when she is being cooperative. When she is not cooperating, it takes approximately 400 years. Getting into the car is one of the times where I hear a lot of "DO SELF!" but do not see a lot of self-doing. Other areas where "DO SELF" is unwelcome: Pouring milk from the full glass quart container, putting shoes on when we have places to be, and changing dirty diapers. She is most definitely not allowed to "DO SELF" her own poopy diapers.

But the car. The car is where I am most likely to lose my mind as I stand in the weather, waiting for her highness to stop pushing buttons and deign to turn around and sit down. Every time I must weigh whether it will be faster to let her DO SELF or to force her and endure her stiff-bodied wrath. If it were just regular old screamy wrath I'd endure it no problem, but she's a lot stronger than you might think and it can be pretty challenging to force her into a car-seat-amenable body shape if she doesn't want to comply. So I usually give her a few minutes.

But the lady in the minivan has apparently never tried to put an independent toddler into a car seat before. To her, it looked like I returned the cart and then went back to my car in order to stand there with the door open for no reason whatsoever. "What is she DOING?" she must have been thinking. "Doesn't she SEE ME HERE?"

Yes. Yes I did see her there. I thought she was probably going to be unhappy with how long it took me to get into the car. I would maybe even have felt some slight pressure to try to hurry Ann Marie along, except that there were about fifteen other parking spots within my sight line. None of them were closer to the entrance, but at least one was only fifteen feet further away. And that one was closer to the cart return.

And yet she waited. After what must have seemed an interminable length of time where I just stood at the car, waiting in the cold just for fun, she pulled forward and looked at me with an expression that said, "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING?" I said, "It's going to be a long time," and shrugged. I don't know if she could read my lips or not, but she drove away and the vibe I received was very annoyed. Meanwhile, I was saying "Turn around and sit. Turn around and sit. I will give you the juice box when you are buckled. Turn and sit. Turn and sit. Sit. Sit down. Sit. Sit. Sit. Sitsitsitsitsitsitsit," because that is how I spend 15% of my overall time. And it's not even that I drive that often, it's that it takes Ann Marie so long to get in the car.

So, no, lady who didn't want to park fifteen feet further from the entrance. I have no sympathy for you whatsoever.


april said...

I always feel rushed when someone is waiting for my parking spot. My husband usually decides to purposely take longer.

And when they can actually DO SELF in the car? A magical day.

Lucy said...

I'm just happy to see that I'm not the only one fighting a child on a daily basis to get in her carseat. I feel like I'm the only one most days. All the other moms at both preschool and regular school just put their kids in, buckle them and leave. And I'm standing there begging and pleading with a child to sit so I can buckle her.

It is so annoying when people wait for your spot when they clearly see you have even just one kid, because I always feel rushed, and those are the times the kids fight getting buckled the most. They just know someone is waiting :)

Erin said...

It makes my blood boil when people wait impatiently for a spot when there are PLENTY ALL AROUND. If it's a full parking lot and you're not being a jerk about it, fine. I probably still won't be pleased, but I won't be mad.

I really never realized my two-year-old's strength until he started doing that arched back refusal to be bent into a sitting position thing. This is one of the few things that my kid does that makes me go from patient parent to SWEATY ANGRY SCREAMING in 2 seconds, flat.

Combine a stiff-bodied stubborn child with an impatient lazy parking space-waiter and I would be quite unpleasant.

Erica said...

Oh stiff body car seat days. I remember those.

Anonymous said...

I kind of love when this happens to me. I relish making people like that wait. I'm not sure that reflects well on my character, but, there you have it.

HereWeGoAJen said...

I hate it when people do that. There are other spots! Stop waiting for me and just park already!

But I am like Susie. I go slower.

Becca said...

Some friends watched my kids the other day and I said (mostly jokingly) "Sometimes you have to jerk the car a couple of times to get Wes to get in his seat and buckle up. Infuriating.