The school parking lot has adequate spaces for parents and grandparents who pick up students in the afternoon. When I was there one day this week, it was obvious that not everyone wants the inconvenience of pulling into one of those spaces like everyone else.
Instead the Chevy Suburban came to a halt in the driveway. The rest of us had to walk around it.
Then after rounding up our offspring and pulling out of the convenient parking spaces, we had to wait. The woman in the super-sized vehicle that blocked our departure was now busy loading up her kids and their gear.
As we waited, I pointed to the super-sized vehicle and gave my daughters an after-school lesson.
“Were you to ask that woman if she is a self-centered person, she would be offended,” I said, pointing in her direction and pleased that she could see that I was. “But she is only concerned about herself.”
I’m sure it was more proclamation than my daughters wanted to hear from me. They just wanted to get a smoothie and go home.
“Most everyone else uses one of the parking spaces and doesn’t clog up the driveway,” I added. “But this person obviously thinks only about what is convenient for her.”
Finally, the Suburban was loaded, the doors were all closed and the driver departed — freeing the blocked driveway.
“Look at the back of the SUV when it leaves,” I said to my daughters.
Sure enough, there was the “Jesus fish” symbol prominently displayed.
Some lessons get passed on in the classrooms and lecture halls. Others are more subtly conveyed (often unintentionally) by daily acts of self-focus and self-service in places like parking lots.