We attend Hales Corners Lutheran Church . It’s a large church though not one of those mega-we love God and that’s what counts-churches. In fact the small church where HCL began to preach the word of God is still there, it’s now called the chapel and the grade school has grown around it. Jason and I got married in the chapel.
Because it’s a large church the parking lot is huge and the Sunday 9:15 service is the one to be at most weeks so once the services are over and all the families pile into their mini vans and station wagons to head home the parking lot becomes, well, a parking lot. Cars are bumper to bumper waiting their turns to exit the lot in the only exit on to a fairly busy road. As a side note, that was a really bad design decision.
This Sunday as we sat and waited, the car in neutral and the parking brake on, I started to notice something.
Some of the worst moments of rude driving were happening here, in the church parking lot. Everyone knows the rules, you let one car in front of you then you can move. Then they let one car in front of them, so on and so on. Traffic keeps moving along and people are able to get into line without having to play a game of chicken. But people weren’t doing that. They were closing the gap with the car in front of them so that others couldn’t nose their way in.
Then I saw a car packed with small children winding its way around the line of traffic, using the pick up line to get ahead of the pack then bully a driver in the front of the line into letting them in.
Really, in a church parking lot? Did we not just leave services where we heard a sermon on love. Were you thinking that Pastor Mike only meant “love always, unless you’re in your car. then be a giant jack ass.”
Honestly I realize that the majority of people in the parking lot were actually polite and just as eager as we all were to get home and have brunch or get their Sunday roast in the oven. It’s not as if any of us felt the urge to flee church like children at summer break yelling “FREEEEE!! WE ARE FREEEE!!!”
Come on people! The parking lot has one narrow exit and we all have to use it and this isn’t a new thing. We’ve been at that site for almost a decade now. Yes, we should have another exit and yes often time the HCPD is there directing traffic on big church days because of this bottle neck. But if everyone tried to leave in an orderly and polite way there wouldn’t be a need to cut off little old ladies who really only drive on Sundays.