This is probably a minor thing, but I told Gran I would ask.
If you go to someone's house, and notice that their car isn't there, do you take their spot in the driveway? This happens a lot with us because Gran is home most of the time and I'm the one who drives, so people will stay with her, usually until well past when I get home. So, the question is, is it rude of these people to park in the driveway spot closest to the door when we have a double at the bottom and they could park there instead?
This Saturday, a friend of the family invited Gran and I over his house for lunch. While we were gone, my uncle came over the house, and he and his girlfriend parked in the top spot of the driveway. Normally this is just a minor annoyance and I'll park in the bottom spot or on the street. But, this time I got totally ticked off because Gran had to walk all the way up the driveway at her own house. We're in MI, and I work full-time and go to school part-time, so there was some ice on the driveway. Is it unfair of me to think that they could have moved their car when they realized Gran wasn't home and would have to walk that far into the house in below zero wind chill? I admit to a mild etiquette violation, because girlfriend saw me glare at her through the window. So, I was honest with her. I didn't mind parking in the street for me, but I was upset that Gran had to be outside any longer than necessary. She apologized, I accepted for my part of it, and that was that.
Thoughts, feelings, concerns? Constructive criticism? I know I may be opening the can of worms, but I really want to know if I'm overly sensitive to this or not. If it matters at all, when that same friend of the family takes "my" spot, I don't mind because I know he parks there to get Gran as close to the door as possible, and that's my ultimate goal.