Monday, May 18, 2009

Walking School Bus

The world is so screwed up that kids shouldn’t even walk to school by themselves anymore. There’s a program our public school has started called the Walking School Bus. Basically an adult or two (with cool orange vests) accompany a group of kids to and from school every day to make sure they are safe. They all have to wait for each other just like waiting for a bus, then they all walk together and have different stops. Brilliant and safe, but also sad in a way that we have to worry about our kids so much.

I don’t remember walking to school much … my mom probably drove me on her way to work once she became a Working Mom again. But I definitely remember walking home FROM school because that’s when I got bullied by people bigger and smaller than myself and by people I thought were my friends. School was pretty cut-throat for a petite only child like myself who’d only had her friend Ambre to practice defending herself against (and Ambre was no Mike Tyson).

Here’s a picture Michael drew of a walking school bus because we get a kick out of the whole concept. And because he’s so literal. Sorry it’s cut off … that’s because I own a DELL printer/scanner/copier and it’s a piece of !@#$ that I’m about to pull an Office Space on (take it in a field and beat it to death with a baseball bat while “It’s Good to Be a Gangstah” plays in the background).

4 comments:

  1. Yeah, you need a new printer/scanner thingy...

    But that picture is SO CUTE from what I can see of it. LOL. Great concept, although sad as you say. I find it sad that school was so cutthroat for you. :(

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  2. I agree it is crazy but has to be. I had 2 working parents and walked everyday.

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  3. What a wonderful idea. It is a scary world and I do not let my great grand babies out of my sight. My grandson says can't he wait for the bus and I could watch from the window and I tell him no because I know a man who watched his daughter be kidnapped and he was only two house down the road from the bus stop so I stand out there with all the kids and just think of myself as The Bus Stop Mom.

    from The Raggedy Girl

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  4. The "walking school bus" started in our town when the district got too stinkin' cheap to transport kids across busy streets. Children are cheaper to replace than new busses, I guess. :[

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