As a parent of children in schools in Lakewood, NJ, I joined thousands of other Lakewood parents in driving our children to school today. As per the instructions that we were given, we didn’t send our children on their regular busses and instead drove them ourselves to school.
The roads were a mess, to put it mildly. Streets and intersections were filled with vans, minivans and cars. Traffic was backed up for miles.
We do not know whether this drill will serve as a wake-up call to those who can change the situation for next year, although we certainly hope that it will.
As I sat in the standstill traffic, I had plenty of time to observe the hundreds of cars around me. And what I saw was amazing: No one was beeping. Nobody was cutting around other cars. Drivers were allowing others to pull ahead of them at intersections.
Yes, people looked frustrated, but they all sat calmly and waited patiently.
The kiddush Hashem that was displayed today was tremendous. Firstly, the fact that everyone listened to the p’sak given by the rabbonim and didn’t send their children on the busses speaks for itself. Secondly, everyone remained calm and respectful throughout the difficult carpooling.
Sometime, it’s easy to make a kiddush Hashem. This time, it was more difficult. Still, despite the challenges, Lakewood residents rose to the occasion.
In the great zechus of today’s kiddush Hashem, we daven and hope that the situation will be resolved quickly in a manner that will be beneficial to the local tzibbur.
A Lakewood Resident