Zoned Out


As a mom who endured six years (egads!) of driving through our elementary school’s drop-off zone before my son headed to middle school this year, I can attest to the fact that the parent volunteers there work tirelessly, day after day, politely encouraging parents to keep the zone moving and working hard to keep kids from being whacked at the kneecaps by their parents’ vehicles.

Dexter Ford’s wonderful article, "Zone Master," appears in today’s Easy Reader magazine, published  in the Los Angeles area. [Gotta love the cover art (left), too.] I have to share a taste of it with you, to entice you to check out the rest:

Every school morning at 8, give or take, you can find me standing, like
a grizzly bear in cargo shorts, at the hilltop cul-de-sac where 13th
Street meets John Street. Expensive cars, pickup trucks, minivans and
SUVs, dozens of SUVs, climb like caterpillars up 13th Street, waiting
their turn for me to open their doors, yank backpacks, science projects
and cellos out onto the curb, and shepherd their giggling spawn into
the schoolyard, hopefully without sustaining blunt-force trauma.

That last part is more of a challenge than you might think. If you have
kids, and you enjoy scaring yourself, you should come up to The Zone
some morning and watch…

To read the entire article, click here.

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2 Responses to “Zoned Out”

  1. ellen says:

    We are all in a hurry to get to work or errands or what ever after we drop the kids at school but this is one place we need to SLOW DOWN! Great reminder Kathy! Dexter Ford’s article is a must read. He drives home the importance of school zone safety and car courtesy in a very humorous way. I had my 14 year old read it and she laughed and laughed, even reading parts of it out loud to me knowing I had just read it. A humorous article to remind us all…safety first, slow down and mind our manners.

  2. Kathy Sena says:

    Very cool that your daughter read it — and read it out loud to you in parts, too! My son thought it was hysterical. But he also got the point of it, too. a very good piece.
    Kathy