If You Give a Preschooler a Madeleine
When I bring my four year old son into Starbucks with me, chances are he will suddenly be starved and want a packet of madeleine cookies. If I buy him the madeleines, chances are he will want some orange juice or water to go with it. When he's reaching for the juice the chocolate milk will catch his eye. And if the chocolate milk catches his eye, chances are an argument will ensue over which drinks he can choose from. After the argument ensues, chances are the customers in line behind me will start to get annoyed. Once I notice the stares and rolled eyes, chances are I will buy him the madeleines, orange juice, chocolate milk and some mints in order to move along. Once our hands are full of snacks and beverages, chances are we will have to sit down to organize our bounty. Once we've spent ten minutes putting straws in drinks my son will need to use the restroom. I will most likely drop my purse while helping him wash his hands and the madeleines will fall on the floor. Seeing the madeleines will remind him that he is starving and can we please get to the car so he can open them.
Three days a week I drop my second graders off at school at 8:30am and my son's school does not allow drop off until 9:00am. That leaves me about twenty minutes. It doesn't make sense to go back home only for fifteen minutes. I try to squeeze in a quick errand like visiting the ATM or grabbing a cup of coffee. But you can see how my quick errand can spiral into a situation where he is late for school.
What I need is a drive-through coffee. This would eliminate the temptation of all those yummy items right in front of us and I imagine it would be the perfect solution for killing the twenty minutes between drop-offs. I live in the San Mateo/Burlingame area and after spending a few minutes on the internet, I discovered I would need to drive to Redwood City, Half Moon Bay or South San Francisco for a drive-through caffeine fix. There are no Starbucks drive-throughs closer than Santa Clara or Fremont. If I want to use a drive through ATM, I would need to drive to South San Francisco.Continued on the next page