Before I had a child, I regarded using the drive thru as something teenagers or lazy people do. I thought, how freaking hard is it to go into a fast food place and order your meal? Get some exercise and have a little dignity. When I noticed the local Walgreens had a pharmacy drive thru, I was all, People, what is the hardship? Park and walk in. And when I saw the drive thru at Starbucks? Eye roll.
Oh silly, judgmental, non-parent me. Those were the days.
Flash forward. Oh sweet heaven, I wish every business establishment had a drive thru. I'd even settle for curb service and I'd play extra for it. Now that I have a child on a nap schedule, a car seat I must buckle and unbuckle her out of every time we stop and Sidney's ticking-time-bomb tolerance level for errands of approximately 2 hours--I scheme about how to be the most time efficient. Bottom line: we could save lots of time by not leaving the car.
Banks get this. Fast food gets this and a few others do too. But how about the grocery store, Bartells, decent restaurants, the post office, the hardware store, the drycleaners, etc? I actually got a clerk at our local hardware store to come out by dialing them from the parking lot. He brought out the spool of weed wacker cord I needed and we did the transaction right there. (I couldn't bring myself to wake her after a long day at Co-op and she finally was sleeping.) I thanked him profusely and wondered if I could get other places to do this. I tried it again today with the lady at the teriyaki place but it didn't go over well. I almost went to Wendy's but thought better of it. She said it would be ready in 5 minutes and then I could come in and get it like everyone else. Again, sleeping baby in the car. I left the car & A/C running, ran in, urgently handed her the money and grabbed my lunch. No tip for you.
Being a parent has definitely changed my perspective and we can chalk this one up to "things I now want more than anything that I once thought were stupid."