Do cars need to stop for the National Anthem?

Jamaican Flag – Rose Hall. Photo by Linda Sellers.

I am late dropping my children to school today. And when I get to my daughter’s school, there is a taxi ahead of me. There is nothing in front of him. He has come to a dead stop in the middle of the road. He is not at the school’s drop off point, and no-one is entering or exiting the car. He is not speaking to anyone which, though annoying, would at least explain his behavior. So I wait a few minutes, and then, I blow my horn. (Oops, not supposed to do that, right? School zone and all.) No response. He makes no move whatsoever. So I wind down my window to try to figure out what the heck is going on. And I realize that the National Anthem is being played over the school’s intercom.

Now they do this every morning. So if you are late in dropping your child to school, and you are caught in the corridors during the Anthem, it’s like being caught in a freeze flash mob. You, know, like in Showtime’s Shameless. You don’t watch Shameless? Never mind. Everybody stops whatever they are doing and comes to attention until the Anthem is over. Now  you have to admit that it is slightly inconvenient, while hurrying from one place to another, to be forced to stop and stand still for 5 minutes. OK. Maybe not 5 minutes. Maybe 3 minutes? But I accept that it is a good thing for the children to be familiar with the correct protocol for listening to the National Anthem. So I set a good example and accept this as the norm.

However, I have never heard of being required to stop driving your car when the National Anthem is being played. I can just imagine driving on a busy street past a function where this is occurring, and seeing all the cars screeching to a dead stop in the middle of the road. Sounds like madness to me. This guy has got to be the most patriotic taxi man in the country. And this is not the first time I have seen this happen at school. So can someone please tell me. Do I have it wrong? And would you stop your car for the National Anthem?

photo credit: linda sellers via photopin cc

About Theresa C Givans

I was born and raised on the rock, that is, my awesome island home, Jamaica. I currently reside in the cool hills of Mandeville, where I spend my time writing fiction, blogging, and hanging out with my husband and three children who keep me laughing every day.

Posted on January 28, 2014, in Blog Posts and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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