What I Learned on the “First Day of School” MorningPosted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 Filed under: 2k13 | Tags: Back to School, bus stop, missional, RVA, Southern Barton Heights, students Comments Off on What I Learned on the “First Day of School” Morning
Nuggets, learnings, questions from the first day of school morning…
As I posted yesterday in Wheels on the Bus Go ‘Round and ‘Round, it is my attempt to “love my neighbor” by greeting them at the bus stop on the first day of school.
Wow! What a morning! Here we go…
#1 – As ridiculous as it may sound, I used the car in order to make it to as many as possible. With this kind of schedule….I couldn’t see another way.
6:44 North and Poe 29
7:32 Poe and Lamb 4
7:33 North and Poe 4
7:34 North and Roberts 9
7:35 Poe and Lamb 15
7:40 Dove and Barton 23
Total – 84
#2 – Why does the bus stop every 1-2 blocks for Henderson? Really? 7:32, 7:33, and 7:34? It takes more than a minute to safely stop the bus, load the kids, and drive the block to the next stop. Does it have to do with where the kids live and how far they have to walk?
#3 – It’s soooo NOT cool to greet the High Schoolers at the bus stop in the morning. Yet, they should at least appreciate the fact that I got my butt up this early to do so! 🙂 My compromise…I went straight to their house…and promised to NOT post pictures. Last first day of High School for one. And first day of High School for the other. You know who you are….and I love you.
#4 – It’s interesting how small groups form at the bus stop. At the intersection of North and Poe – Poe T’s into North. There were small groups on all 3 corners, even on the wrong side of the street. Wonder if there is a reason for that. The ‘arranger’, ‘efficiency nut’ and ‘connector’ in me wanted to get them all organized and talking to one another. (I know…I’m a freak!)
#5 – There are a lot of great and loving moms and dads out there who ensure their children get to the bus stop safe and sound!
#6 – Elementary Bus Stop – I found myself saying, “Scissors are NOT a toy! Please put those in your backpack.”
#7 – Some kids missed the bus on their first day of school. I pray that this is not a foreshadow of what is to come.
#8 – Kids really want to learn!
#9 – It was hard to get up this early (insert whine here!), and I didn’t have to pack lunches, wake kids, make sure they ate breakfast, brush their teeth, grabbed their book bag and their lunch, dressed appropriately and more! I just rolled outta bed and into whatever clothes I took off yesterday. (Real Truth!)
#10 – I need to pray more for the children and their parents, the teachers, school staff, bus drivers, homeschool parents, and all who work with these young, bright, eager people.
Let’s see how it goes this afternoon when I’m back out there! Say a prayer for me, will ya’?