If your kids are anything like my two, they have an internal timer for errands. They let me get through two stores, 20 minutes each. We strap into the car, spill some Cheerios, whine about an unshared toy, reach our destination, get out of the car, shop, back to the car, drive, out of the car, back to the car. Tick, tick, tick … kaboom!
Their nuclear meltdown sends me rushing home for cover, even though I have a dozen more errands to run. That means I often spend my weekly mommy’s-night-out (meant for exercising or meeting friends) rushing to stores before they close at 9 p.m.
Enough is enough. I need more drive-thrus! Imagine driving up, ordering, paying and driving away without once waking a sleeping baby, fiddling with a car seat or cramming an unwilling little shopper in a cart. Ahhhh.
I live in car-culture California. You can drive through a tree here. So why can’t I find a drive-thru market, drug store, hardware store or restaurant that doesn’t sell French fries? Even if I wanted some salty, greasy goodness, my local In-N-Out in Mill Valley doesn’t have a drive–thru. What the hell?
I found a few essentials: drive-thru coffee, dry cleaners and pharmacy (for prescriptions only). But I need more. When I was growing up in Southern California my mom would take me through the drive-thru dairy for milk and cheese. How about a drive-thru deli with fresh sandwiches? Post office? Flu shots? Produce mart? I really need some carrots and celery for dinner tonight but I already used up my two errand limit. Grocery deliveries to home are okay, but only if you plan meals ahead. I’m incapable of planning ahead, ask anyone.
I live in an extremely eco-conscious part of Northern California, so my crusade for more drive-thrus won’t make me popular with my neighbors. Who cares? I drive a hybrid, my veggie garden is organic, I recycle and compost, and I carpool when I can. I deserve more convenience.
Got a favorite drive-thru? Let us know! And tell us what kind of drive-thru would make your life easier.
photo credit: I K Block, Flickr