Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. Psalm 84:5

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Harassed at McDonald's Drive Through!

I'm a busy Mommy.
I don't have time for a lot of things...
Least of all, time to drag 7 children out of the car and into McDonald's when all we want
is to cash in a few freebie coupons!
Not to mention that the baby is sleeping-so I'm REALLY not going to go in.
Aaaaahhh! Drive throughs.Wonderful.
I think a Mom invented them.
And so, like so many other Mommies in a rush, I pull into the drive threw.
There is one catch, though.
My driver's side window is broken. Can't go down-if it slides down-can't go back up. 
I am on strict orders to NOT TOUCH THE WINDOW!
Well, I'm a busy Mommy,
but also a  resourceful Mommy!
I just pull up to the little talking order taking machine my door!
No problem! Since the window broke-I've done this many times.
I'm far past feeling embarrassed about it-it's just the way it's got to be!
Until today.
While trying to give my order to the talking order taking machine, I hear a loud, booming, man voice from behind my truck. I have a suburban. It's long. And the engine is running. And I'm talking. This was a loud voice.
It yelled,
Maybe "growled" would be a better word for it.
I was stunned. 
Being harassed in the drive threw? Why? Because I had my door open instead of my window down? Why should he care?? Or, maybe it was the large number of coupons I was holding and ordering with that perhaps made him panic we might be all day?
I (already having my head out my door, mind you), answered him,
"I can't. I have A LOT of children in the car and one is sleeping."
He continued to say more but at this point I was flustered and trying to focus on my Caramel Frappe!!

When I was at the window, ready to pay, I apologized to the cashier that she could not hear my order. I explained that the driver behind me had yelled at me.
He, still having his window down apparently, started yelling again,
"WHAT!? I did not yell at you! Come on! Give me a break! You are exaggerating!"

"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone."
Romans 12:18

Even, crazy, impatient, growly, men behind you at Micky D's!!! 


  1. Bless you! I remember what it was like having a car load. (only our stop was Taco Bell and we always ordered 10 waters!) Keeping perspective in those times is not always easy but they are teaching moments for our children for sure (and for us:) as they watch us respond..

    God bless you and your family.

  2. Bless you my dear. I have had similar days and it is quite frustrating. ;-) xox

  3. BTW-my husband says it's
    drive "thru" not "threw" or even "through" which some of my facebook friends suggested...
    oh well! never was a good speller!

  4. WOW - I am not sure I would have reacted so calmly...way to go!