Thursday, September 06, 2007

Catching the bus, missing my girl

Kelsey wants to wait for the bus herself. I'm proud of her for being so independent and confident. I feel silly for worrying. But I wish I had a special scope and super-reach, kick-ass limbs to keep an eye on her and protect her.

I'm hoping she decides it's too lonely down there by herself. All the other kids who were at her stop last year are at different schools now and not taking the bus. They loved playing in the neighbor's yard, dodging doggy-do all the while. It's kind of sad, Kelsey all by herself. She said if we really, really, super-want to go with her we could. Sounds like an invitation to me. But today she went alone. I hope she hated it as much as I did.

6 comments:

Marcia said...

My goodness, two paragraphs, short ones even, and I'm blubbering over my computer. I would have been right there with you, girl, wanting to be there but respecting her choice. Dang hard, I must say. Hang in there, Mommy!

Amy said...

I walked a mile to school from kindergarten to fifth grade. How did my parents stand it? Now I know why they got so mad at me when I would play in the woods on the way home.

It's important for kids to do things that are real and separate from their parents. I never walked behind my kids with my hands under their butts, ready to catch them when they learned to walk. But, geez.

laurie said...

i got kicked off the bus when i was in 3rd grade. who knew that the bus was only for kindergarten, first, and second grades? so i slunk off the bus and walked to school, while my little brothers stuck their tongues out at me from the window at the back of the bus.

my mother? she never knew a thing. she was in the house with my little sister, bouncing her and burping her....

The Rotten Correspondent said...

My middle kid wants to walk home from school every day now. By himself. I know it's something that makes him feel older and like "da man" but I hate it. In a lot of ways I was better when they were little and they were never allowed to get out of my sight.

This independence crap is for the birds.

Stepping Over the Junk said...

We walk to school right now but in 6th grade, I think i might drive them when they change schools...I am terrified of sending them off on the bus! (even though it has been done forever, everywhere!) Thanks for your comment on my post about the EpiPen. Yes, I feel the same way "too sick to be a CSer". My sister and I are like "MY GOODNESS if only I knew how tylenol could help a standard headache, my childhood would have been MUCH better!"

Amy said...

Laurie, you're killing me! See? Oblivious inside the house! Aahhhh!

RC--independence, ha! Strap 'em in harnesses.

SOTJ, as a kid I walked to school, so putting my kid on a bus was a weird experience. It's kind of nice to just let them loose and head in, actually--freedom calling.

My husband studied Christian Science a lot and is bothered by people not treating illness. Go ahead and pray, but don't watch people suffer. He suffered enough, god knows.