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You’re Going to Miss the School Bus!

After 11 years of getting my daughter off to school, what to do with an empty morning now that she is in college.

For the past 11 years the school bus arrives at the bus stop 7:05 a.m. to bring our children to school.

It has not changed times or routes, so there should be no surprise that you need to be standing on the corner ready. Yet, I find myself every morning yelling, “the bus is coming, are you ready?” This was the challenge from kindergarten to junior year of high school.

Senior year, they were allowed to take their cars to school. So the screeching statement changed to “you’re going to be late, leave yourself enough time and don’t speed!” 

Like most parents, I had to expand this statement with, “Do you have everything? Homework? Lunch? Make sure you put your seatbelt on and text me when you get there.”

Yet, I found myself driving to school with the same lunch/homework that I asked if she had with her. We had the “one oops clause” which meant one time I would drive to school with said item and after that one time, she was on your own. 

I find myself in a position, with what I call empty-morning-syndrome.

My daughter is off to college and my routine of supervising and guiding her out the door is done.

There will be no more sitting by the window looking for the school bus or waiting for the one word text message “here” announcing her arrival at high school.

Maybe I should put an advertisement in our local paper, screeching mother willing to record motivational messages to get your child out the door and to the bus stop on time. Eleven years experience and have mastered that high pitch voice that is needed to be annoying yet effective.

The unfamiliar empty house and the quiet cup of coffee in the morning is a welcome change. Maybe it is my turn to be that woman who sits on the porch and waves to all the kids on the bus as it passes my house. If you see me out there, smile and wave.

The empty-morning-syndrome sneaks up on you fast and one day you may experience it too.

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Kathy Pigott September 02, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Thank you all for the inspirational words. I am excited to share new and fun adventures with all of you.
stacie bohr September 03, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I can relate to EVERY word you said, Kathy with the exception of the "empty morning" part. I have elementary, middle and high school age kids and do exactly the same thing every single day of the school year. I am fortunte that our bus stops right in front of my house so I get to see my kids, and our neighborhood kids, get on and off each day. I have first day of school and random pictures of the kids at the bus stop going through the years. While I complain, yell, give the three minute warning, etc....I wouldn't trade it for the world!
barbara September 06, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Hi Kathy: Know exactly how you feel. I found myself waking up early enough to catch the bus even after my kids were in college. But this is a great time to get to do things for yourself, too. And you sound like someone who won't just sit around, so I think you'll be pleasantly surprised as how good "freedom" feels.
Kathy Pigott September 06, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Thank all for your great comments and suggestions. I took Jane's advise and joined an early morning walking group. We should be able to continue our walks until the weather gets cold.
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