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10 Reasons Why I Always Park in the Very Back of the Parking Lot

Updated on August 17, 2015
Notice any other vehicles in this pic? Exactly.
Notice any other vehicles in this pic? Exactly. | Source

I’ll never be that annoying person who sits behind you until you pull out of your front-row spot.

I’m not that mom who circles the parking lot, waiting for a spot close to the door to become available.

Take your time buckling your seat belt or checking off your shopping list, because I don’t want my van anywhere near your head-of-the-lot spot.

I’m the van in the very back of the parking lot. I’m the vehicle you stare at in disbelief as you wonder why the heck anybody would park so far away from the entrance when there are plenty of other open spots. I’m parked way back there when it’s scorching hot or pouring down rain. It’s just what I do.

Before you assume I’m crazy, let me give you 10 reasons why parking in the back is totally awesome. Just promise me you won’t steal my spot at Target.

Toddlers Are Cranky

There are times when my kids aren’t as excited as I am about buying new yoga pants or shopping for kale. Shocking, right? Even when they’re glad we’re at the store, they might be too busy fighting over some stupid plastic toy I forgot was wedged under the backseat or claiming I forgot to feed them lunch (despite the fact they had 3 lunches and eleventy billion snacks before we left the house).

Parking in the very back gives me time to nip potential issues like this in the bud. My toddlers have several minutes to whine about how hungry/tired/bored they are before we enter the store, and I get to shop in peace. Well, until they remember how hungry/tired/bored they are.

I'm Overweight

I mainly eat gluten-free, organic food and chase after 3 kids, but I’m still overweight. Totally unfair, but whatever. Parking in the back is my version of taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Sometimes I even log the trek with MapMyWalk so I feel like I accomplished something. Did you know that sometimes the entrance is half a mile away from the last parking space? You do now.

My Van is a Mess

I clean my van constantly...and by “constantly”, I mean every freaking day. You’d never believe me if you saw the interior, which is why I hate parking right next to someone. I don’t need to fend off judgmental stares or stupid comments as I’m trying to put my groceries away.

I Can Score a Cart

I have a runner. There are days when holding his hand is pretty much impossible, so I plop him in a cart as quickly as possible. When I park up front, the cart corrals are often empty. The ones in the back are overflowing with carts, probably because the cart crew either lacks the time, energy, or ambition to venture to the end of the lot.

I like to grab a cart as quickly as possible so my son can do awesome things like this.
I like to grab a cart as quickly as possible so my son can do awesome things like this. | Source

I Can Put My Cart Away Quickly

I don’t have to patiently wait as other shoppers push their carts into the crowded corrals up front, nor do I have to dodge drivers who haven’t grasped the concept of driving slowly through a parking lot. I can put my cart away with no drama or delays.

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I'm Perfectly Capable of Walking

I hate those people who park in the handicapped or pregnant mom spots when they have no right to be there. If you’re not pregnant or disabled, those spots aren’t for you.

I’ve got tendonitis and carpal tunnel, but I can walk just fine. I like to save the front spots for someone who needs them more than me.

Rain or shine, we'll handle the trek just fine.
Rain or shine, we'll handle the trek just fine. | Source

There's No Need to Rush

I rarely use my trunk. It’s filled with strollers and random crap, so there’s no room for important things like food and shampoo. I like to load my bags in the front seat, which can be a major problem if someone is parked beside me.

It’s also hard to get my toddlers buckled in when I leave the store and discover some jerk has parked an inch away from my van. I’m not skinny enough to enter my vehicle through a tiny little crack in the door, so I’d rather just park in the back and take all the room I want.

The Back is a Judgment-Free Zone

Toddler #1 is throwing a tantrum because I wouldn’t buy him Starbucks before we left Target. Toddler #2 is loudly announcing that he just pooped his pants. The Preteen is blissfully unaware that we are in public and has decided to practice gymnastics and cheer moves in the spot next to mine.

It’s all good, though. All the perfect parents are too far away to notice what’s going on, so I don’t have to listen to any unsolicited advice or hear passive-aggressive comments like “Looks like you have your hands full.”

Yes, my kids are wearing pajamas in a vehicle.  Yes, they are climbing all over the seats.  No, the vehicle is not running.
Yes, my kids are wearing pajamas in a vehicle. Yes, they are climbing all over the seats. No, the vehicle is not running. | Source

I Have Lots of Room to Reverse

It took me 4 tries to pass my driving test. I’m just going to leave it at that.

Moving along…

Kids Become Adults

My kids are growing up (I know, I know...they can’t stay little forever). The day will come when I walk into the grocery store completely alone, without any tiny hands to hold or arguments to referee. Until that day comes, I’m going to take my time walking through the parking lot with my kiddos and enjoy each second as much as possible.

Parking in the back can be inconvenient at times, but I’m okay with that. The pros outweigh the cons, at least for me. If you disagree, that’s fine - I don’t want you hogging my spot anyway.

Questions? Comments? I'd Love to Hear What's on Your Mind!

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      Jean Bakula 2 years ago from New Jersey

      I never parallel parked again after I passed my driver's test many years ago. I don't even remember how to do it. This often leads me to park in way out of the way places too!

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on landing on Hub Pages' Face Book page!

      Many giggles here. I know what you mean about trying to load in groceries when someone has parked right on top of the lines!

      I used to park farther away than I do now, when I was in good shape. But now, even though my new knee works just fine, my husband is a heart patient, and gets too winded unless we park in the "blue spots." (And yes, we have a DP license plate to allow that.)

      There is also the issue of fools being careless about how they open their car doors, and putting dents into your vehicle, or the inattentive cart-tenders who don't notice their cart running away heading right for your car!

      And by the way, if that is actually a photo of you walking with your two kiddos, be advised, you are NOT overweight! ;-)

      Voted up, funny, and...oh, no--wait--they took those buttons away from us! Doggone it anyway! Well, then, Shared!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Too cool. What a great hub. Both my wife and I are "out in the boonies" parkers. I think I do it as a snob. I am just too good to fight over one of those spots. My son is five so we need all that space for his drivers education with the cart.

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      Sharon 2 years ago

      I had an ex who always parked in the back so he didn't have to worry about someone hitting his car.

      Very cute article :)

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      Missy 2 years ago from The Midwest

      Thank you, B. Leekley! I agree about it being easier to exit the parking lot from the side. That's another perk of being in the back, too.

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Your reasons are sensible. I park far to one side of the parking lot of the supermarket where I shop because a) I am then much less likely to forget where I parked than if I parked somewhere in the middle of the lot; b) it's easier to find a spot from which I can pull forward rather than have to back up; c) exiting the parking lot is a quick and easy straight shot, and d) I enjoy walking.

      Going by your story and photos, yours is a delightful family.

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      Missy 2 years ago from The Midwest

      Thank you, FastFreta! :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 2 years ago from Southern California

      What a cute hub. I actually park middle of the lot for some of the same reasons. Cute kids too. Very good, funny, interesting.