Earlier this year, I watched my youngest board the big yellow bus. He kissed me goodbye without any reservation, hugged me tight and gleefully boarded the bus. Having seen his older sibling board the bus each day for three years, this day was long coming for him. As the bus pulled away, I waved and wiped a tear away.
Fast forward to present day. While kisses and hugs are still shared, the novelty of the bus has worn off and I no longer shed tears.
“Mommy, please drive us to school today. I want to be the first one in class so I can get the “cool” jobs.”
“Mommy, the bus is so boring. I have to sit in my seat and not move.”
Needless to say, my Little Man is growing up fast.
However, last week while I waited for the afternoon bus, I was witness to a crash at the intersection in our neighborhood. And I was not the only one. The afternoon bus, which was making its way to our stop, also was close enough to the crash to see what happened. As the bus slowly made its way to our stop, I could see the shock in the eyes of the children on the bus – including my own children.
“Mommy, did you see that! I am so glad I was sitting with my seatbelt. We had to stop and I wasn’t paying attention because we were so busy talking about Santa and by the way I need to change my letter to Santa and………”
And so my friends, it never hurts to brush up on our skills. I came across this video the team over at Middlesex County Traffic Safety Program created to help children learn the rules of bus safety. I share this video with you and encourage you to share it with others – especially your little ones! Please click on the link below.