The School Bus

Grumpy driver

I couldn’t find a decent quote today, all I could find was this sickly smarmy one —

To The School Bus Driver -“You are sometimes the first smiling adult a child sees each morning and the last before they get home. You always brave the weather to get our kids safely where they need to be, while being a shining example as you do it.”  Said no child ever! 

This is a second response to GC and my Weekly Prompts word prompt Reading, after all, where else do you learn to read if not at school!

It’s back to school week for most children, and for me, it means back to a normal routine, which sometimes means cooking the odd meal for the ones next door and occasionally  picking up from after school activities and administering care when sick.

Now and again, just occasionally, I feel a little nostalgic for the start of the school year and miss meeting up with my colleagues after the long summer break.

On Monday most schools held a staff training day,  Son Joss took part in his, as did Victoria, the daughter next door, with classes at both schools starting on Tuesday.

Back to school 2For Max, Victoria’s eldest, Tuesday was the first day of the sixth form, he left home at the usual time of 07:30 AM to catch the 07:45 school bus, and, I may add, looking very dapper in his new sixth form suit. His younger sister Daisy, at the same school, joined the staggered start to the school day and her bus was due 10:00 AM. 

After waiting for over twenty minutes at the top of the lane, Daisy and her friends heard that the 10:00 AM bus had arrived at 09:50.

Turning down my offer of a lift to school, they opted for a lift down to the village to catch another school bus at 10:30 AM. The bus had arrived early and was just pulling away as the girls ran towards it, they held out their arms asking the driver to stop, but at only yards from the bus stop the driver shrugged his shouders and sarcastically mouthed Sorry!

I was livid, surely a school bus driver has a duty of care toward these children, it’s his job, it’s what he’s paid to do, he should not have left three thirteen-year-old school girls, and two young boys stranded at a bus stop.

I took the girls to school, a mother collected the boys, and during her break, I rang my daughter, who followed up with a strong complaint to the bus company. Any excuses from the bus driver can be dismissed by my onboard dashcam evidence with records of times etc.

Some of you will remember little Evie, the youngest child of my daughter Sophie.

Who could forget this encounter two years ago with a miserable Santa who didn’t even ask her name or what she wanted for Christmas. Initially published by GC on the Main Aisle and re-blogged by me!

Now four years old, pre-school is over, and today, it was off to big school. Seen here proudly wearing her new school uniform and her new red school coat. Click to enlarge.

Tissues, kitkat and a TeabagIt can be a wrench for mums leaving their little ones at school for a whole day, but just look what the new mums were given. A bag containing a little note, tissues, KitKat, and a teabag. Only we English could believe that a cup of tea cures all!

Also beginning a new school year were two of my other granddaughters, my daughter Louisa’s girls, five-year-old Scarlett going into year one and three-year-old Lily-Jane into pre-school. Click to enlarge.

These young ones are growing up fast, it seems hardly a moment since each of them was born.

(C) 2019 Word prompt Reading from Weekly Prompts

Clipart courtesy of Google- Quote by Teresa Kwant


17 thoughts on “The School Bus

  1. Murphy's Law

    My two daughters are 53 and 51 years old, and my granddaughter is 23, having just begun her second and last year working for her Masters Degree. So it’s been an incredibly long time since I walked my kids to elementary school and then met them there to walk home. Junior High and High School I drove them to school and, of course, had to pick them up. I worked, but was able to juggle my hours.

    Some part of me still misses those days. The hustle and bustle of getting ready for school, seeing to it they ate a hearty breakfast, packing their lunches that would feed an army. BTW, I found out years later the boys traded their lunch money for the cafeteria for the lunches I packed! My girls used that money to buy junk food from vending machines!! Lol. 😳🤔

    Shopping for their back-to-school clothes and shoes was fun. A trip to the hair salon for their new “do”, and by junior high we added the “had to have” manicure!

    Buying school supplies was the task from hell. The lists received from teachers were vague at best, and never what the girls wanted. Sigh…..that I don’t miss!

    I would do it all again…..except for packing lunches! 😂😂😂
    🐾Ginger 🐾


    1. I love that they sold their lunches for junk food. My eleven grandchildren range from nineteen years old to twenty two months. I get the whole range from university down to nursery! I taught the eldest six, it was such an honour! I’m certain we are closer because of this. Thank you Ginger 🙂


      1. Oh, no! 😦 Darn WP!
        And my comment printed there twice! Ha!
        I write such long comments, I usually “copy” them before I hit “send”, just in case. I learned that after losing too many comment. 😦

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  2. gc

    The idea that the school bus driver was remiss in doing his job is totally inexcusable. The mere arrival of the school bus becomes a familiar and welcoming site ( especially at the end of the school day). Children not only learn in the classroom setting but in this case on their way to the school. In this instance they had a first hand look at an adult behaving badly. I am glad the children are safe .


    1. I agree. It was not the fault of this small group of children that the bus was early. He should have waited until the correct set off time and the whole episode wouldn’t have happened.
      This wasn’t a regular service bus, it was a dedicated school bus and he should not have left these children behind.

      The service bus from the village does not go anyway near the school so in a way these children were lucky that we were able to take them. I’m guessing that there were others along the route who weren’t quite as fortunate as ours were. Thank you love.


  3. Oh Sue, I can really relate to your school bus story….. because I’m not allowed to drive during all my scanning and testing procedures, I’m catching the bus all the time….. and relying on the buslines unpredictable timetables to transport myself around… yes to get to your bus-stop on time and early, and see it already driving away down the road is annoying and frustrating ……….

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    1. It must be awful for you Ivor. We get so used to the convenience of getting into our cars and driving to wherever we wish.

      This group of children were fortunate that I and someone’s mum were able to take them to school. Detention for being late, especially on the first day is no fun!


    1. My garden backed onto the school playing fields. So very close.
      I was so touched at what the school did I’ve never seen that before.

      This morning Evie was delighted that she was going back to school for a second day and even more pleased to find out she was staying for lunch again! A bit like us eating out two days running!

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