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First Day of School Goes a bit Awry
I love the first day of school the excitement is in the air and the kids are anxious; nervous, excited and unsure but eager. My kids were ready to start another year with their backpacks filled with school supplies for the school year. Looking back at the year before my children had grown so much. Had it really been a year? This school year was a little different simply because the start date was so late. School starts a couple days after Labor Day and this year Labor Day was on September 7th. But a late start wouldn’t be the only obstacle we would face on the first day of school.
I had the first day of school planned out. I have to plan with three kids or everything would go absolutely nuts. My plan was to drop off my kids at their before care facility so that they could play with their friends and have a good time. The kids would be picked up by the school bus and then I would head on to the school to meet my kids as they got off the bus. Well everything went just fine. I dropped off the kids without a hitch. I headed to the school and first dropped off my son’s medication to the school nurse, talked to the receptionists and went down to the playground to wait for my kids’ school bus. There are only four buses that come to their school. Well the first two buses were a little late but still arrived before the bell. Then the first bell rang and my husband and I were a little concerned. We were approached by the Principal of the school who let us know that the bus was late and would be here soon. So we waited and still no bus. Then the Principal approached us again and this time I knew something was wrong. My children had not been picked up from their stop. They were still waiting at their before care facility. What? What was I supposed to do now, school had already started. So I sent my husband to go pick our kids up and bring them to school while I waited to make sure that they were not on the bus. Waiting for my kids to arrive at school took what felt like a lifetime. When they arrived I told them that they would be able to make the grandest of entrances into their classrooms and that made at least two of my three kids very happy. Even though my kids were now safely at school I had an entirely new concern about their transportation home. I would definitely have to change my schedule for the end of the day.
After the fiasco of the morning I decided that I should interrupt my schedule and come back to school to watch my kids get back on the bus. I would later realize that this was the best choice I could have made. When the bell rang to let the kids out at the end of the day there were no buses waiting for the children. This caused a little bit of chaos for a moment while parents, teachers and the administration tried to figure out what was going on. About 5 to 10 minutes later the first two buses arrived and the kids got on and the buses left, 20 minutes later the third bus arrived and left. But where was my kids’ bus? It was now 30 minutes after school had been let out and 20 kids were being watched by two teachers, one administrator and me as we waited and wondered what was going on. Finally we got word that the bus was on the way to school and should be arriving in 10 minutes. This was a bit far from the truth because after waiting over an hour after school was let out the bus showed up. By this time I was ready to take my kids home and try again the next day. What a day it had been and luckily my children had a great first day of school filled with meeting new teachers and old friends.