When that first smudge of a bump starts to show, you get excited. And, you see those signs that say “reserved for expectant moms” parking spot.
Yes, I’m pregnant (this is hypothetical. No, I’m not really pregnant…confusing, right?). Now I don’t have to walk the parking lot into the store. Woot.
Wait. There are no cart returns near these “reserved” spots. Similarly, there are no cart returns near the handicapped spots.
You quickly realize as a parent, and a shopper, and somebody that will likely need to return a card after unloading your purchased goods that walking back to the store, or to a cart return once you get the kids out, well, it isn’t really an option at all! (I win for longest run-on sentence!)
So, you end up hoping and praying for your ideal parking spot when you pull into any parking lot. There are usually four on each side of them.
Yes, the ideal parent with kids parking spot is the one right next to the cart return. I just can’t leave my cart in the middle of the parking lot near the “parking for parents” sign. I must return it to it’s home.
And, I won’t leave my kiddos in the car to return the cart. So if there isn’t a close space open, we unload the cart, walk to the cart return and walk back to the car.
Yep, being a mom is tough. And I certainly don’t mind the exercise. But, I do wish that the “parent parking” spots were right by the cart returns. Walking with a kid or multiple kids through a parking lot is sometimes like playing a game of Frogger.
While we’re at it. I wish they would leave a couple carts in those cart returns so when I part, I can scoop one up to bring into the store.
Where is your ideal parking spot?