Pretty much ever since I saw that we have a city bus stop within a block of our house, for whatever reason I’ve been itching to take the kids on it. The only reason it’s taken so long is that I seriously do not understand the route maps & get lost easily.
Anyhow, my “goal” has been to see if we can make it to & from the library for weekly storytime riding the bus. My reasoning:
1) I’m a cheapskate. I have to pay to park at the library. Yes, $0.75 a week is not going to break the bank, but couple that with gas to get there…I figure if i buy tokens (which is cheaper than paying cash, but not committing to ride enough to warrant a monthly bus pas), we’ll come out on top.
2) it’s something fun for the kids. Yes, it turns a 60-70 min. library trip into a 2.5 hr extravaganza, but they get to say they ride the bus like daddy & i figure it’s a good life experience (or something mushy sounding like that). In fact today we had quite the interesting conversation with a slightly scary looking man who more or less threatened the kids to behave b/c “his brother is santa clause”. He did it in a very nice sounding way that did not scare the kids though… I kept waiting for Asher to call his bluff seeing as how my kids are aware santa is not real. Thankfully he didn’t. I say thankfully b/c I have been reprimanded by strangers about the santa issue.
I know by now you’re at the edge of your seats to find out the verdict: it was a success! They got a little impatient about how long it took & on the way home I forgot myself & had them sitting next to each other instead of me in between (thus the strange man feeling the need to interfere & help stop the fight induced crying). But in all, it was an easy, fun trip. Didn’t even have to change buses and the stop is obvious, so I don’t foresee myself missing it. I also discovered a third reason to ride the bus: The kids brought a small bit of joy to some grandparently looking folks (including scary santa threatening man), waving & smiling & talking to a few folks who really seemed to enjoy the exchange. I think I will buy some tokens.