I never liked the short bus. I didn't ride in one, but all through school kids teased me about how I belonged on the short bus. My dislike grew from the fact it was synonymous with retard, and when kids said, You should be riding the short bus, they were really calling you a retard. Well I needed to get past this stigma because I had to set up transportation to get Gretchen to and from school. This morning the short bus stopped in front of my house.
No I did not tell Gretchen what kids called the short bus when I was going to school. I don't think kids see it the same today. Not because kids have grown kinder, it's more due to the fact they rarely see a short bus. Rachael said she never noticed one going to the middle school. I'm thinking this is because they arrive after all the other kids have been dropped off. We were given a pick up time of 7:35 this morning. The bus was 15 minutes late. When the driver came, he told me, I'm not going to make a 7:35 pick up. I'm dropping kids off at the elementary school at 7:40. Hmm... The elementary school starts at 7:40, no wonder we've never noticed the short bus.
My hubby thinks it makes sense. Since it takes extra time to unload students, the bus gets there after the morning rush. I'm not too sure. Especially with our elementary school. It did not get the A+ rating because too many tardies. Right at start time is when that parking lot is the most hectic. And this year the school starts 20 minutes earlier than when our girls went there. I doubt the tardy arrivals have improved. In fact the neighbors a couple doors down from us are usually piling the kids in the car right at 7:40, I know they're late more often than not. One reason I enjoyed when the girls were old enough to take themselves to school, I could kick them out the door on time without worrying about making myself presentable. When they were younger, and I walked to school with them, there were a couple mornings I noticed my shirt on inside out or backwards as I was walking home.
Poor Gretchen was out front freezing this morning. But now that I have a more accurate pick up time, I won't go out front with her as early. Wondering how accurate dispatch was for drop off time this afternoon. We shall see...