I'm a good mom.
I make sure my three daughters are responsible, eat balanced meals, respect others, brush their teeth, and are punctual.
Since they were little, I have been their school Room Mom (sometimes juggling the duty for all three at once - yes, that's me schlepping the cupcakes from one hall to the next on party days), Team Manager, helped with costumes for their plays, kicked endless soccer balls in the backyard, attend their rehearsals, practices, ceremonies, learned how to do Power Points so I could help them with their high tech projects (I always get an A), support their fundraisers, and log more miles in my minivan than my pilot friend does in his 757.
But I'm still lacking.
Today I found out that as hands-on as I try to be, there's a mom out there who is taking this carpool thing to a whole nother level.
Allow me to introduce Michelle Wright, 37, of Palmdale, California.
Michelle believes in REALLY being involved in her kids' after school activities.
You see, I may wear out my Goodyears (and sanity) driving my daughters and their friends to soccer, tennis, and play rehearsals, but Michelle spins her rims by driving the carpool for her kids' drive-by shootings.
I'm not kidding.
Michelle is currently in a Los Angeles jail for driving her son's two friends to a rival gang member's house this past Tuesday morning. One of the kids got out, fired at a bedroom window, and then returned to the car and the three drove away.
According to authorites, two small children and a teenager were in the bedroom where the shots were fired, but luckily no one was injured.
Her defense when arrested? She says she decided to drive her son's friends to do the shooting because police were not doing enough to stop gang members from harassing her children.
Look, I'm all about the Mother Bear syndrome. I mean, don't mess with my kids or you will end up walking funny. And I suppose I want my kids and their friends to view me as slightly "with it" and "cool", but this takes it to a whole new level.
Michelle is being held on $250,000 bail, and her son and his two friends, believed by authorities to be members of a street gang, were charged and held in juvenile custody.
As for my daughters, I have informed them all - while I am more than happy to drive the soccermobile till I puke, don't ever ask me to drive the get-a-way car.
I'm a good Mom, but that's just not how I roll.