my heart palpitates just thinking about it.
I know the excitement of Kindergarten and starting “Big Girl” school for the first time, and wanting to experience all of the “Big Girl” things that come along with Kindergarten – walking into school alone, eating lunch from a line in the cafeteria – but I draw the line at riding the bus. I am not sure why, but the idea just scares me.
The Tween – a seventh grader – has never ridden the bus. She has never even ASKED to ride the bus. I think my little prima donna enjoys the “curb side service” of being dropped off right in front of the main doors.
Last week when The Toddler asked to ride the bus, I jokingly said “Only it is equipped with a school bus gps tracking device” … that is until I discovered that they actually DO make those!! In fact, they even have student tracking devices… which I am seriously considering for my Tween as she goes off with her friends at the Mall…. (is that too house arrest-ish!?)
Mike is on board with this “Riding the School Bus” idea – with or without the bus gps – and says some of his favorite memories of school were running down the school bus after it started to leave and he was still trying to eat breakfast. Personally, I don’t like to “rush” anything, and the thought of having to run half way down the street to catch my only ride to school just does NOT sound like the way I want to start my day.
I did mention The Tween comes by her prima donna stuff honestly, right?
Did you let your kids ride the bus as early as Kindergarten? Like without getting a full criminal history on the driver, checking the vehicle maintenance checklist on the bus, and still following behind the bus at a safe distance and giving the finger to anyone who got even remotely close to said bus?!!
I remember my Dad telling me that I wanted to ride the bus and he followed it every day to school to make sure it got there ok… at least my neuroses I also come by honestly.