So the day after I dropped my son off to his first day of “Kindercamp”. I got a call from the transportation coordinator at the school about JJ riding the bus. I for one, really wasn’t sure about him riding the bus, but my husband on the way to orientation said “why not, he’s been watching the bus go down our street for years wanting to be on it, give him that chance”. I thought about it for awhile on our way to his orientation and thought well, I guess since they provide the option and must be used to little 4/5 year olds riding the bus they should have a good system of getting them on and off the bus and to the right place. So while filling out the paperwork I decided to put on my big girl pants and let my son be the “big boy” he wants to be and I signed him up to ride the bus.
So Tuesday afternoon after school got out, I get a call giving me all his bus route information and pick-up/drop-off times. I didn’t think much of it, til the bus was late Wednesday morning and I had to drop him off at school. While we were waiting at the bus stop I pulled up our local google map on my phone to realize there are two intersections with the same names. The roads loop back around and meet again, so I figured the bus wasn’t late, we were just at the wrong intersection. When I drop him off at school Wednesday morning, I can’t find out anything from anyone. The buses drop off students, then disappear. So I decided I would come pick JJ up from school, but wait to talk to the bus coordinator and find out what bus he’s supposed to be on and what intersection he’s supposed to be at. We even decided to wait for his bus to show up so I could quickly hop on and talk to the bus driver. Although the bus couldn’t confirm which intersection he was supposed to be picked up at, she shows me the drop off and the time and that he’s on the list. No reason for me to worry right?
I decide just for the hell of it to follow the bus he’s supposed to be on, on its route. When it passes the bus stop he’s supposed to wait at, I figured that was probably the right intersection. So Thursday morning, we wait at the bus stop and JJ gets on the bus for the first time.
Eight minutes after school lets out I get a call from JJ’s teacher asking if he is supposed to ride the bus. I say “yes, that is how he got to school this morning and he’s supposed to take it home”. She tells me he is not on the list and has kept JJ back in the classroom.
I quickly get the toddler dressed and rush to get him. He’s quietly coloring and doesn’t seem too upset. The teacher apologizes for the confusion and then we leave assured that JJ would be on the list for tomorrow. JJ doesn’t say too much but did start to tell me about his day when I ask him a million and one questions, I just have to know EVERYTHING about his day. He loves telling me too.
We get home and shortly after his brother woke from his nap, he comes into my office very concerned and says “Mommy I’m scared to ride the bus, do I have to ride it?” He then tells me he hit his head three times on the window when the bus bumped around and that he just didn’t like it.
So we are done with the bus, done with him not being on the list, and this mommy is taking her baby big boy every day to KinderCamp from here on out! I feel so bad that it was a scary experience for him and not a simple sense of independence.
Sometimes a mommy’s intuition is right.
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