Things have felt crazy around here. The kids are now safely back in school. Although I'm not quite sure how safe they are anymore. I think the Mecklenburg School Council is working without their brains, or at least without any common sense. Upon returning from school the first day, my children informed me that they had a new drop off bus stop as well as a new morning pick up stop. I knew about the morning change and didn't worry because we never make it to the bus stop, and I end up taking them to school anyway. I did not however know about the new drop off site. For the past 3 years, my children have been dropped off at the top of the road (which even though is out of my site, I did not worry about much because all of their homeschool friends are always out waiting for them. I figured it would be pretty hard for someone to steal all 11 children). But this year they are now dropped off three stop signs away!!
I began calling the school on day two to find out what the deal was. The county is trying to save money by cutting down on bus stops...for our elementary kids! There is currently a mile and some tenths between the stops closest to my house. Now, if you live somewhere in the middle, they are nice enough to give you the choice as to which stop your kids get off. What? Why do I pay tax money to put my children in danger? To get home they have to walk and cross streets that high school kids are currently driving home on. Have you watched how well some of them stop at stop signs?!?
Yes, I know what you are thinking. I tried to tell myself the same thing. My kids are old enough to stick together and walk home safely. But kids are kids. If they are mad at each other they run off, and sometimes they forget that you don't walk down the middle of the street with all your friends. So even though I know I need to let them grow up, I still wonder if I am being irresponsible as a parent. And...at what point am I just over reacting? Then we get this weeks breaking news about the woman found who was kidnapped from her bus stop 18 years ago. This girl's step father saw it happen and tried to chase the abductors down on a bike.
So, for days two and three, I drove up the the stop (because it is still really hot here) and waited for about 30 minutes both days for the bus to show up. In all it is taking them 45 minutes to get home from a school that is less than 2 miles away. Once again, my tax dollars at work? I don't have that much time to sit around, so this morning I signed them up for car pick up. It will save all of us time. I have filled out a request for a new bus stop and voiced my opinion in this matter. What are the poor kindergartners to do? Not every parent can be at the bus stop to wait for their children. I am still flabbergasted that someone thought cutting out bus stops was a good idea. Do they even have children?