Out of Line

  1. You probably won’t believe me when I say this but I’ve totally “been there.” Yes. Been there. And it’s godawful.

  2. Marni says:

    This is hilarious! Love the photos.

  3. Ugh. I feel bad for my mom all those hours she waited for us. I think I need to go apologize to her!

  4. Gertie says:

    I just moved to the suburbs this summer. I had read your previous posts about the car rider line with intrigue. But now, now I do it daily. AND NOW I UNDERSTAND.

  5. Salote says:

     Thank you so much for the laughs!! I missed you this summer!!

  6. Knewman4 says:

    Awesome story. Did you take the pictures? I love the tale and it makes me so glad my school doesn’t have a pick up line!!!

    • suburbanturmoil says:

       Yes, I took the photos the next day on my laptop. And, I’m pretty sure, terrified the grandma in the line in front of me in the process!

  7. Mary A says:


    I’ve been caught singing loud and off key to inappropriate pop songs while in line at our Catholic School. 

    Apparently, Monsignor doesn’t listen to Z98, or he’d know what I meant when i sang I MAAY BE BADDD BUT I’M AWFULLY GOOOOD AT IT . ..SEX IN THE AIR I DON”TCARE I LOVE THE. . .   oh.

  8. Shannon says:

    I’m with you on this one. The hook up line is terrible in my town. That’s why my daughter now takes the bus!

  9. S. says:

    Ditto to what a few other readers wrote. Three cheers for the school bus!! P.S. I missed you too when you weren’t writing this summer, Lindsay!

  10. Angiedawn28 says:

    thanks for the laugh this morning! our school just built a circle for pick-ups and i HATE it with everything that is in me. 

  11. modfrugal says:

    Loved this. Mine take the bus most days now for which I am most grateful, but when I do have engage in the dreaded loop, my big wraparound shades no matter that the sky is black with rain help tremendously. No eye contact!

  12. MommiFried says:

    HA HA! I hate it when that happens! When I’m waiting, I sometimes work on blog posts. Typically, I read these out loud back to myself to hear how they flow. Once I was really into a post and excitedly read it out loud. It must have looked like I was talking to myself – excitedly – because three or four moms in other vehicles were staring at me like I had lost my mind. I just smiled a big ole’ smile and waved. They quickly looked away like they had not been gawking in the first place. LAST LAUGH FOR ME! Or, I like to think so. 🙂

  13. Judy says:

    The first time I picked up my nieces at their school, one of the teachers asked me if I was their grandmother!  That didn’t exactly make my day. 

  14. Marie says:

    OMG – those pictures are making me laugh every time I look at them! I’m the one who’s trying to swat the  inside my car as I drive down the road. Not cool, I know, t I can’t help myself! I don’t know that I’d do well in one of those circles. Too much social contact! I’d make sure I was busy with something else. 

  15. Marie says:

    I meant to say, the *mosquitos* inside my car. Essential detail.

  16. Steph. Donovan says:

    I’ve done a few Beth Moore studies. It cracks me up that you try to do your homework on these in your car in the line. Because I know how I’ve been when I’m really into them? Turn on the waterworks. Yeah, between this and the “skeeters?” I’m betting they think you’re nuts!  : )

  17. Kidssucknet says:

    cute story -with a familiar resonance. spent way too much time in those pick up lines when the kids were toddlers. now the cherubs are teenagers -yikes! my own blog (with its tongue-in-cheek title) shares some of my roller coaster rides as a parent and a person in this 21st century digital world….www.kidssuck..net.

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