Today, my son’s bus broke down right by our house, which happens to be where the neighborhood stop is (very convenient for us, thankfully). My son came running to the house and was in near hysterics, terrified, because of the way the bus rattled and the smell coming from the engine. Well, I knew if he was upset, so were the rest of the kids, and the poor bus driver was probably about ready to pull out her hair. Sure enough, I got to the bus and the kids were all screaming and the driver looked more than a little frazzled. I made sure that she had a phone and had called for assistance, which she had, and I asked her what I could do to help. The kids wanted off that bus, and I don’t blame them. It smelled something awful, plus it’s just scary for a bunch of little kids. She was afraid to let them off and not be able to keep an eye on all of them, so I offered my assistance. We let them off one-by-one and I counted them off, so we could keep track of how many were there.
There happens to be an empty lot right where the bus stop is, so I had the kids all group in two lines on either side of the lot and we prepared to play Red Rover! Do you guys remember that game? The kids were ecstatic at this point! They had something to do and it was fun! There was no more sense of imminent doom and fear. By that point, the other parents heard the commotion and had come to help. We didn’t have long, as a new bus arrived soon, but fear was put to rest and play filled the air. And you know what? I had fun, too!
I love kids! I am lucky that I get to be at home when they leave for school and return in the afternoon. I am very grateful to my husband and his job that provides for us that enables me to be a stay-at-home mom. And I’m glad I was able to be here to make a difference for all of the kids on the bus today.
What games do you remember from childhood that you loved playing at recess or on the playground near your home? What would you do in this situatioin? Please share, I’d love to hear! Reminiscing is such fun and we can pass along these memories and games from our childhood that might otherwise be forgotten.