Little Hadley has been begging and begging and begging to ride the bus ever since Kindergarten started last year. The problem is that the bus picks up a large range of neighborhoods because we go to a charter school. This means that her bus ride is one hour each way. We live exactly one mile from the school. I can have her there in three minutes in the car, 13 minutes on my bike, and 20 minutes walking. If she were to ride the bus to and from school she would be gone from 7:30AM to 5:00PM. That's a long day for a 6 year old.
Riding the bus seems absurd.
But she really, really wanted to try it out.
So I called the bus company and we arranged occasional morning rider status for her. She seems happy with this, and I can handle the occasional rush out the door by 7:35 in the morning.
The first time she got on the bus she was grinning from ear to ear and I just couldn't bear to let her see me tearing up. I waited until the doors shut behind her and then I lost it.
I fully expected her to be bored and tired and never want to ride the bus again. She loved it and was dressed and eating her breakfast by the time I got up the next morning. No hesitation...the bus is fun.