Friday, January 27, 2012

Hope the kids got on the bus before the torrential downpour....

Every day I push the kids around the house to get them to eat, brush their teeth, pack their backpacks, make their lunches, get myself ready for work. It's kind of like herding cats....or pigeons. They have their moments, and today was no different. I shoved them out the door at about 7:20 and watched them walk around the corner to wait for the bus. About 5 minutes later, the sky opened up and it started pouring rain. It's a little sad but the first thing that went through my mind was "well, at least they can stand under the Metro bus shelter".

Is that bad???

In my school-age bus riding days, I don't ever recall my mom driving me over to the bus stop so I can sit in the warm, dry car to wait for the bus to cart me delicately to school. I had to tough it out. If it rained, I carried an umbrella. If it was cold, I left the house looking like the Christmas Story kid. It's just the way it was.

Some of the other moms in the neighborhood wouldn't think of sending their poor little muffins out into the harsh elements. I probably look like Satan. But I'm convinced my kids will at least have a childhood that somewhat resembled mine, which was a very typical, nuclear family existence where kids played outside and stood at the bus the cold (gasp).
Your kid will be all pasty and soft and vitamin D deficient.

So here's to tough love. May they grow up to be strong and well-adjusted, and not afraid of weather. Because those are the people that share my commute to work and they're all idiots. Probably because they never had to stand at the bus stop in the rain.


  1. No wonder they want to run away.

  2. Could be worse...they could walk to school