Monday, April 03, 2006

Can I Pretend I Didn't See it?

So...I am sitting on my bed in my bedroom with the windows open and the blinds drawn. From this position I can see the road and have been waiting patiently for the school bus to bring my children home. I hear the bus driving up the country road and I look out the window only to see it pass our house. The bus then stops....backs up...and lets out my children. There was no screeching of brakes or anything dramatic like that but the bus was traveling at a high rate of speed (probably 40mph) and then seemed to blindly back up. We live at the top of a hill so I assume the driver could see behind her...but you never know.

It took me a year to even put my children on the bus...we drove them into Abilene because I didn't want to drive them all the way to Clyde and the bus was not even an option. After much persuasion and the discovery that Kali could get free speech therapy and half-day school we switched them to Clyde...which meant that they would ride the bus home together after school. I have begun to love seeing their grubby little faces run up the driveway after getting off the school bus...So my questions are...Can I just pretend I didn't see the unsafe driving? Can I hope that it was an isolated event? Can I minimize the "unsafeness" of stopping and backing on a dirt road? I asked the girls what they thought and they laughed at me!

--Jessica

7 comments:

Jen Black said...

I don't think it's a packrat, but I do have two cats. My guess is that one of my kids threw the missing items away somehow while my back was turned.
I'd report the bus driver...better safe than sorry, right?

Sarah said...

Yep -- I would at least mention it to the head "transportation guy". Go on record as having concerns, anyway.

Sue said...

Jessica,
Thanks for visiting my site! Hopefully this was a one time incident with your children's school bus driver. Perhaps the driver was new to the route?

Hayduke said...

No, I disagree with Sarah, don't report it. Chances are it was a one time mistake and even if you do report it what does it gain? It doesn't take back the incident and it won't give anybody any positives. A bus driver will be pissed off, an adminstrator will think you worry too much and your kids could possibly be embarrassed. It's just not good personal PR. Good luck with your decision!

jessica said...

Ya'll are great! I asked the girls about it again and they swore it hasn't happened before. I told them that they needed to tell me if it did because that wasn't safe...they still care about that type of thing..they even encourage me to wear my seatbelt! Anyway, I will definetly keep an eye on things!

said...

Hey. =) Thanks for your comment. I completely understand about the prison friend... But I've known him since I was a child. He's a friend of my mother's and like a big brother to me (he's 25 or 26, I'm fifteen). But thank you for your concern. I guess you could say that it sortof touches me that a complete stranger would care... Not many people are like that nowadays...

And about the bus incident... Just watch to make sure it doesn't happen again. If it ever does, call the district and report it to them (Or sometimes, there's a "Complaints? Compliments? Call this number" thing on the back of the buses, you could use that) because any parent would be concerned about that. My mom fussed over me a lot when I was little, and still does. =) But anyways, thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Report it. . .and at the same time compliment the driver in anyway you can. . ."This may have only been a one time thing, but. . ." and something like "I really appreciate all the bus drivers do to get our kids home safely."

Better safe than sorry is right. If the bus driver gets angry or someone gets mad, then there is a bigger issue at hand.