Monday, August 25, 2008

School Days

Sarah arrives home on the afternoon bus safe and sound (despite her mother's bus-phobias)
Here Sarah is explaining her first day - in detail!

Today was Sarah’s first official day of Junior Kindergarten! She was so excited she could not contain herself this morning. I am not sure if she was more excited to go to school or ride the bus for the first time. (OK, so I am a little overprotective when it comes to the school bus and we waited until this year to tell her she could even ride the bus.) We were up at the crack of dawn and dressed before 7:00 AM. The bus was to pick her up at the house at 7:30, so she hopped right to her chores. The bunny was fed and watered and the pony was thrown some hay and she was ready to go…only one problem…
We had Sarah at the ready by the front door on full bus alert. We were all waiting to hear that familiar sound as it came cruising down the road. Only this morning, I do honestly believe the bus passed our house at about mach 10. Sarah and I both stood there dumbfounded.
“Wait!” was all I could utter watching the bus disappear in a haze of gravel dust. OK, now I do believe that every child on the bus route should be ready when the bus arrives, and trust me, we were! But this driver did not even slow down enough to see if we were there or not. Needless to say, within 60 seconds I was on the phone with the bus garage explaining the situation. While on the line, I overheard the conversation between the driver and the dispatcher in which the driver swore she slowed and no one was around. Well, if 55 MPH is slowing, Sarah would have had to get a running start, for sure. Anyway, we are set to try to catch the bus again tomorrow. We just know now that we should stand in the middle of the road to flag it down.
Sarah did have a great day at school though. She has a new BFF, Gina, and got to see many of the kids from her Preschool class at recess. She even made it home safely on the afternoon bus.

3 comments:

Jessica said...

oh, that makes me laugh. last year when i watched a friends' kid a few days after school, the bus driver had to do the old drive around the block or back the bus up routine quite a few times, dispite the fact that i was standing right outside visibly waiting.

Flip Flopping Mamma said...

I'm nervous about the bus. Hubby thinks she should ride the bus....

Tamie said...

The bus can be a crazy thing... I have found that it can be 10 min early or 30 min late... my kids are now on their 2nd bus (first it was the fish and now it is the octapus)and it is only the 2nd full day of school. I have 2 buses that go by my house at the same time... I don't know what they are thinking this year, but I know adjustments have been made... hopefully things get better.