Respect Your Crossing Guards!

The person behind the sign!

I have been driving my son to school and since the beginning of the year, I have noticed her absence. My one and only Cantankerous Crossing Guard. I have posted the link to my post in her honor. I have no idea where she is, but I intend to find out.

After all she’s scared the crap out of kids and adults for some time, and I had a profound respect for her. I had a love/hate relationship with her. I saw the gentle loving way she waved and almost turned immediately to wave that Stop sign and chase down violators. I happened to have been one  of those, violators, and after her chastising me, I never did it again. I actually think I had  nightmares about her.

It’s because of her, that I take time and notice my crossing guards. There is another woman who has taken her place, and although she is not as colorful, she deserves respect, none the less.

I notice the guy on the other corner, and my daughter is convinced he’s using his power to attract women. He stands with his leg resting on a fire hydrant, as if he’s way too cool to direct his wards.

I laugh every time I see him, at the thought that he could actually be flirting with the parents driving by. I mean, I think of a conversation taking place, as he’s trying to impress one of the mother’s of the children. “Yes, I was once a pedestrian, and now I own this street! I have the power to make your kid stand all day, if I don’t cross him!

My son laughs, when I say this. I have come upon that street on some mornings, when Cantank( my son’s nickname) was not there. “Oh my! Those kids are going to be stuck there all day!” I tell him.

The day that I saw her taking that Stop sign and physically pushing a kid, on his bike, backwards, onto the curb, I knew that little woman was powerful!

I decided that these unsung heroes, deserve all of our respect. I think I will get some pictures for my album. So many without any recognition. As a matter of fact, they should have a National Crossing Guard Day. I think I will suggest this to the Whitehouse. Those Crossing Guards should  get a paid day off. I guess the kids would as well, since there would be no one to get them across the street!

So,  I’m posting this in recognition of these people. Here’s to a job well done!

Signs, Signs, Everywhere A Sign!

Cantankerous Crossing Guard

Cantankerous Crossing Guard

I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help myself! I tried to get a closeup of my friend, but it wasn’t easy, that with trying to scedaddle out of the cross walk before she came over and hit me with that ominous looking sign. OK, I admit, I did edit the photo a bit, but point is, this crossing guard is scary!  I’m almost thinking that this would be an excellent Halloween costume! I actually think she was smiling as I took her picture, but now I’m wondering if it is that kind of cynical smile a serial killer has when he’s about to pounce. I drove as fast as I could after snapping this one off, well, that is as fast as the school zone would allow.

She’s now ‘teamed up’ with the extremely heavy motorcycle cop. I affectionately call him, “Krispy Kreme.” I also had a ‘run in’ with him.  Oh, I know what you’re thinking, “I must be some kind of trouble maker.” I had parked across the street from my son’s school a few years ago,  to get out of the car and get him a snow cone.  There were people parking in this are and no where was a sign posted that there was  “No Parking.” And after all, it was a school zone. The traffic was moving at about 15 miles per hour. Hey, we couldn’t help it the school kids decided to raise funds by selling the frozen concoctions right in front of the school. Perhaps they should have discussed a ‘drive-through.’ I’m sure they realized, however, that this would only take a second.

But not for me! The simple things always become complicated.  Here he comes, sauntering over just as soon as I stepped out of the car .My friend the motorcycle cop It was the first time I’d ever seen him and now I seem to see him all over the city. He told me I could not park there. As I pointed out that there were others there and I was going about 10ft to buy a snowcone and leave, he dryly stated, “If you do this I will have to give you a ticket. ”

I pointed out that no where did it state that a person couldn’t park in this spot and since others had been parking there, he should be a little forgiving. Nope, it wasn’t happening with Lord Krispy Kreme, and I was sent packing, to the wails of my son, “Mommy! Go down the street and park! I just want to get a snowcone!”

Even my young  sons cries did not move this cold hearted cop. “No, I told him, this day, you cannot have one of those snowcones, because the officer won’t let me stop!” The worst part of the whole incident is that while he was holding me up, several other parents were doing the same. This was exactly like the crossing guard! I swear these two know each other and are looking for my car!

At any rate, I called and spoke to the department about his rudeness, and was told that I most certainly could have parked in that spot. So, whenever I see him, I secretly hold my grudge against the cruel cop that wouldn’t let a little boy get a snowcone! lol

Perhaps I’ll get a pic of him for my post one day. That is if I am not ticketed for some kind of moving violation, such as “Distraction by driver, whilst taking a drive by pic!” I wonder how many years I’d get for that.