Archive for May, 2012

Common Courtesy

That “age old” problem, lack of Common Courtesy has hit again. You sometimes see it in shopping centre’s or when phoning large corporations, and most certainly on the road. But as drivers, we also see this with some parents. Surely it can’t be too hard to give a quick call or text to advise when students won’t be attending school that day. I have heard all the excuses under the sun in my years of driving. “I couldn’t find your number”, “I was out of credit”, “the phone was not charged”, “I couldn’t find the phone”, “the dog chewed the phone”, “they cut my phone off”, “my husband smashed my phone”, or “He got sick just before you got here”, “he just soiled himself as we were walking to the door”, “I just remembered he has a doctor’s appointment”, “we all slept in”, then there’s this one, albeit trying to be helpful in her own way, “I knew it would make you too early to pick up the other kids if I had let you know that you didn’t need come here.” Wow. So I needlessly navigated my way through heavy peak hour traffic, spent my money on fuel to drive that unnecessary 40 klms just so it wouldn’t make me too early for the other students? How thoughtful?

Today though, was the other issue. The Wait for 3minutes only rule. If I have to get out of bed early on these cold winter mornings to be at the first pick up address on time, then provide free for the student, a warm, safe and comfortable vehicle in which to travel, surely the parents can also wake up at a reasonable hour to get their children ready. Instead with some, if you’re lucky, the horn will wake them, then comes a wave at the 3 minute mark to prevent you from leaving, then it’s open slather as to what time they do finally come out. One dedicated driver today did the horn bit a few times, made 2 phone calls to the house, then got the “wait wave” from the door, then the school bag placed in the car while still waiting for the child to appear. Her total wait time was 28 mins. This is just so rude and disrespectful to the driver. Have you ever noticed that it is also usually those same parents who are often “caught in traffic” and make you wait again in the afternoon. Gees! What is wrong with a bit of common courtesy?




“No one is too big to be courteous, but some are too small” – Croft M Pentz

Mother’s Day

Mothers day. A time for relaxing and being spoiled and enjoying the devoted company of your children. Hmm? I’m not so sure. After all, for many, if not all mothers, it is actually one of the busiest days of the year.

When my children were young there was always the mothers day morning ritual of pretending to be asleep while listening to the rattling and banging in the kitchen for my soon to be served Breakfast in bed. Who decided this was a treat for a mother anyway? Acting sleepy, yet surprised, delighted yet fearful, I sat awkwardly upright in my bed, uncomfortable and cold, balancing a tray on my lap while “enjoying” my burnt toast, cold tea and overcooked eggs. I gave my best acting performance when I looked into their smiling proud faces to thank them for the “best breakfast ever”. The rest of this day was spent driving through traffic visiting the other mothers and grandmothers. Later, chores all done, kids in bed, finally in the night, it was “my” day.

My kids have left home now so I don’t get that breakfast in bed anymore. Instead, my treat has become their visits instead. These special visits now include grandchildren and this means my morning is spent preparing and cooking their favorite food. The rest of the day is spent with noise and activity and my evening is spent getting the house back to normal. Then finally in the night, it is “my” day.

Funny though, I wouldn’t have it any other way.




“Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too.” – Lionel Kauffman