August 23, 2011

Bus Driver, Bus Driver, Please Open the Door!

Day two of the bus saga continues for Bones.

By 7:15 the bus had still not arrived. My husband and I had decided if the bus wasn't there by 7:15, I'd take Bones to school after I dropped off Mr. T for his first day of school.

I drove up and there was Bones waiting and there stood my husband and a bunch of parents wondering... would the bus show up? We couldn't take the chance. He had to get to work and I couldn't pawn Bones off on other parents.

Yesterday afternoon he had been told the bus route was canceled and I was to come get him. I found out later, it HADN'T been and a little girl in the neighborhood rode the bus home. So this morning I said to him, "Dude, you GET ON THAT BUS! You find it! Don't make me come down there and get you. Find Nadine and you ride that bus she's on..."

I got a phone call from him on the bus this afternoon, "Mom, I'm on my way..."

Fifteen minutes later, 'Mom, come get me at Publix..."

They'd dropped my kid off at the grocery store instead of my neighborhood? REALLY?!

I quickly jumped in the car and ran down to the grocery store, making the decision that I'd wait there with any kid so no kid would be left alone.

Except...

... there stood Bones... alone... in the back of the Publix parking lot.

I think I nearly threw up as all sorts of horror stories bounced through my head.

He got in the car and I nearly shrieked, "WHERE IS EVERYONE?!"

He looked at me and said, "What do you mean? It's just me..."

"Bones. You are ALONE! In the BACK of a Publix shopping center. WHERE is Nadine? Where is everyone else?!"

He said, "I don't know. I'm the only one that got off."

Me: Wait. I passed a bus as I was leaving, it was coming in. Bones. That was YOUR bus. Your bus was coming. WHY did you get off?!

Bones: I thought that I was supposed to switch buses, so I got off. I didn't know they were coming to the neighborhood.

Me: But... You didn't see Nadine get off?! Wasn't that a clue that the bus was going home? You didn't ask the bus driver? You just got off by yourself and waited? ALONE?!

I was pissed. Where is the frickin' common sense?

Bones: The bus driver is mean. I'm not going to talk to her. I didn't know. Yesterday they had to switch buses here. So I thought I had to do that... and when there wasn't a bus, I called.

Me: TOMORROW... TOMORROW... YOU GET OFF IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. TOMORROW... YOU DO WHAT NADINE DOES.

Please, Dear God, let Nadine get it right. Bones just... can't seem to.

We'll see if the bus shows up tomorrow morning...

Meanwhile, it appears we dodged more than a bullet, but a nuclear bomb called Irene and the folks in NC deserve our prayers... seriously, I'm not wishing this on anyone. This needs to go east into nowhere land and go away...

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Mr. T had his first day of high school. He has declared he is going to hate English because it's a lot of work and he's not good at it and he LOVES all his teachers and he has friends in his classes.

He came back happy. It's a good... choice.

Tomorrow is the first day with EVERYONE. It'll be interesting. AND, there were SEVEN freshman in his Honors Alg II class. This is becoming very common for the kids who can do math, to do it on-line. Our school needs to figure out how they're going to handle this...

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I'd not be surprised if my eldest was at church right now (he has the car and said he was going to a friend's) saying a couple rosaries that we get Tropical Storm winds so that he can miss a day of school and sleep in.

Heh.

Posted by Boudicca at August 23, 2011 04:40 PM
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Oh, poor Bones! It can be so confusing; first one way and then another.

Posted by: pam at August 24, 2011 06:03 PM

OMG!!! There goes another 15 years off your life! And you know in the Chicago area they are completely the opposite of this and won't let kids off the bus unless it's at the driveway!!! So they go stopping every 10 feet. I guess there's no middle ground. But is Publix an actual stop?

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