Friday, October 19, 2012

The bus driver saga

I can already see this is going to be a recurring theme this year. I've posted about our issues with the bus driver multiple times on Twitter and Facebook already. And we've had another incident today.

The set-up:

Our neighborhood has no sidewalks. We walk in the street.

The bus arrives. She pulls all the way over to the far side of the street, probably 10 feet away from the driveway where our bus stop is. By the way, the bus stop is actually at the corner, but our neighbors are gracious enough to let us wait on their driveway.

The kids get off. Wil and I stand on the street, with our heels up to the grass. Wil is actually holding my hand, because he likes to do that.

The drivers calls down to move out of the street onto the driveway so she can drive away.



How is this different from any of the last several years when we have often been walking through the neighborhood when the bus came? Walking IN THE STREET.

I was standing there with him. He wasn't on his own. He was NOT near the bus, which she has stopped in the opposing lane.

My reaction? I pulled Wil across the street in front of the bus and walked home. If she wants us off the street, then she can wait until we cross to our side of the street.

I am so tired of her paranoia.

We don't jump onto people's driveways any time a car drives past as we are walking. That isn't the lesson I want to teach my kids. The lessons I want them to learn are abou safely walking, whether it be in the street or on a sidewalk.

What purpose does it serve if they have no idea how to interact with cars?

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