Friday, May 09, 2008

so ready for more days like this...

Our kids don't have school today because it's a teacher work day.

I am so thankful for the day off from making lunches, running the taxi, and remembering what to send in for Teacher Appreciation Week. It's been a full and busy week.

I'm trying to be intentional about keeping things low-key around here today.

We all slept in. Yay! We ate breakfast when we'd normally be leaving for school. Double yay! And we're all still in our pjs. The only thing on our agenda for the day is a trip to the library. It almost feels like summer! It's a taste of what's to come in about 2 weeks! I love it!

I forgot to tell you that yesterday on that field trip, I rode the bus with the kids. Exciting, huh? It gets better.

The bus driver wouldn't let any students sit in the last two seats on the bus for safety reasons involving a one-time experience he had with students opening the emergency exit while driving on the freeway in Denver. Yep, scary. I gladly sat in the rumble seat on the left, and another mom sat in the rumble seat on the right. (Can I just say that was the bumpiest ride of my life!)

Anyway, on the return trip, I noticed that the safety bolt wasn't bolted, and I reached over to save my life and the life of the kids on the bus secure the exit. Imagine my surprise when the bus alarm starts ringing loudly. It took me a minute to realize that I set the alarm off. Every student, teacher, and parent on the bus was looking AT ME. Including the bus driver who was giving me the evil eye in his rear view mirror. So, to shut the alarm off, I unlatched the latch, and apologized profusely. It's a good thing my face was already sunburned so no one noticed how embarrassed I was (I've been telling myself that anyway.)

The kids around me were laughing so hard. One girl said, "You're the only adult I've ever known to get in trouble with the bus driver". The entire trip home, the driver kept shooting mean glances back my way. As we were getting off of the bus, I apologized and told him I was just trying to lock the door. He laughed so hard when I told him that, and his laugh made me really nervous. I'm glad I could provide such entertainment for my 4th grade friends, and I'm so glad that my plans today don't involve a big, yellow bus.

11 comments:

Gretchen said...

Toooooo funny.

I'm sorry to laugh at your expense. But.not.really. ;) Thanks for the day brightener.

xxxooogretchen

Betsy said...

You are NOT KIDDING about those buses being bumpy!! I've sat on many a bus ride where I thought I was going to chatter my teeth loose from all the bumping!!

What a funny story!!!

Kellie said...

Auughh!!
I bet you won't ever forget that field trip!

Have a great weekend!

kellie

Leah Belle said...

funny! i wonder why it wasn't latched?

Amy said...

That story was FUNNY! I'm glad you have a sense of humor about it. The kids on the bus probably thought you were the coolest adult around for doing that :) Hope the next trip goes better...

CrownLaidDown said...

Aww..

We nearly got hit when I rode the bus last year on the Cave of the Winds trip. Did you go on that? That would be funny if we were both there and didn't know we'd be such good friends a year later. I thank God for you!

It's All Good! said...

Too funny! The kids had a great story to tell when they got home...maybe even better than the field trip?! You made their day!
Happy Mom's Day!
Brenda

Jennifer said...

How funny! The kids must think you are the coolest parent ever!

Kim Heinecke said...

That's funny! You've just given them a memory better than the fieldtrip!!

Natalie Witcher said...

That is funny! Hey, you were just trying to help!

Jenn said...

In Texas parents are not allowed to ride on the yellow dogs with the kids. Maybe that is why. So funny (but I admit my stomach hurt a little for you). What a memory. :o)