I’m Sorry. (Only I’m not.)

To the people behind me in school drop-off line:

I am generally very conscientious about making sure I don’t hold up the line.
I make sure my kids are ready to pop out the door when I stop.
I make sure that all that needs to be said is said and all papers, bags and miscellaneous items are in hand.
And if, for some reason, I end up with a kid who doesn’t want to get out, I just pull up and walk them in.
(It’s common courtesy, folks.)

However, there is one thing that I will wait for:
My kids all telling each other “I love you”.

Each morning without fail, Carter calls each of his siblings by name and says “I love you”.
Each morning without fail, the others reply in kind.
And Asa always says, “ah gate daaay”
(which, if you don’t speak 2-year-old, means “Have a Great Day!”)
If the “I love you”s aren’t quite done, I don’t rush him out the door.

And when my child pauses on his way in the door to flash me the “I love you” sign,
I’m not going to drive off until he’s seen me sign back.
(Because I know it won’t always be like this.)

And so, dear people behind me, I’m sorry if I hold up the line.
But really?  I’m not.

*That* mom

4 Responses to I’m Sorry. (Only I’m not.)
  1. Mary @ A Simple Twist of Faith
    May 3, 2011 | 9:49 am

    I love this post…and you should not be sorry!

  2. Dawn
    May 3, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    Right. On.

  3. Liz Sanders
    May 3, 2011 | 2:16 pm

    I feel the same way! Only sometimes we have an over anxious teacher wanting to move the line along who tries to pull Wyatt out of the car before I get a kiss. I just say “um, no no, please wait. ” I don’t think the extra 10 seconds it takes for him to give me a kiss is going to throw off the line for the rest of the morning. I need a kiss from him since Peyton is too old to kiss me in the school line anymore! Peyton just shows me a peace sign and is out the door, too cool for Mom!

  4. lisa @thebeadgirl
    May 3, 2011 | 11:10 pm

    {{love that}} i still wait too…every morning…from my 15 year old 🙂