Thursday, October 13, 2011
Bitter: No one wants to apply for one of these, much less for their child. The fact that it reads "Permanent" across the top was a shock to me when I took it out of the envelope. I haven't been able to bring myself to actually use it yet. It seemed like a great idea when we were wishing we had it, but now that it's in the glove compartment, I can't make myself pull it out and hang it on the rearview mirror that first time.
Sweet: When I finally get past this initial reluctance, it will be sweet sweetness to have (and use) this thing. You don't realize how often people park all up in your business until you're trying to pull a 25 pound limp noodle out of a tiny sliver of door opening and then turn around and plunk him in a stroller that won't fit between your car and your clueless neighbor. It happens all. the. time. and it's a recipe for a red-faced, huffy, and sometimes weepy mama, let me tell you. I used to look longingly at those diagonal lines next to the handicapped parking spaces and all of the beautiful room they entail. And then there are the genius parking garages like the one at our neurologist/geneticist office building, that has the elevators on the opposite side of the garage from the pedway and street entrance, so if you can't park on the pedway floor or right next to the elevator, it's a massive undertaking to get you and your kiddo and everything that goes along with him to the right place. Not to mention the extra-small parking garage spaces that exacerbate the above scenario. In situations like these, we plan our entire trip around parking and I am utterly spent by the time we get back in the car.
We probably won't use the parking permit all of the time. I am able-bodied and fully capable of doing what Collin needs in most situations, so we will leave those precious spaces for people who might need them more than us. But for those other times, when just getting us in and out of the car is enough to send my sanity over the edge and into the Abyss of Frustration and Exhaustion, at least we have another option now.