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Friday, December 2, 2011

I Love My Girls' Bus Stop...

For the first two years in our "new to us" home, I wasn't able to enjoy the bus stop. The first year I didn't want to pull my girls out of their school 3 months into the year so I did drop off and pick up on my way to/from work. The second year I had to rush to/from the bus stop or rely on my parents to take care of getting the girls on/off the bus to meet my work hour requirements. I was friendly with the parents at the bus stop but I didn't really have the time to develop the relationships I wanted with them.

This is the first year at the bus stop as a SAHM and I am loving it! We have lost one of the moms (who can get you as green as you want to be) as her daughter went off to middle school (it broke my girls' hearts...they loved this girl and having her on the bus) but we have also added a wonderful new mom that moved into the neighborhood.

Yes, there are still days when all of us are a bit rushed but it is a great way to see the faces of my neighbors, get to know them and their kids better and feel a part of the community.

I can seriously go out to the bus stop in my pjs, hair a complete mess, no make-up, in a good mood, bad mood and/or sad mood. I am that comfortable with everyone at the bus stop.

I know that they aren't judging me for how pretty I can look that early in the morning or how put together my mind is before I have had enough caffeine from my Coke Zero.

I know that I can walk out in tears from a rough morning and that they will care enough to hug me, offer help and/or turn my frown upside down.

I know that I can count on everyone of them to make sure my girls are safe and aren't running into the road in front of traffic.

I know that they would be there to welcome my girls home if I couldn't get there in time.

I know that they would take care of my girls if there was an emergency.

I know that having this bus stop gives me peace of mind, security and bonds that I may not find anywhere else.

I am incredibly grateful for my girls' bus stop. I am incredibly grateful that my girls know that this type of bus stop can exist.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!




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At December 2, 2011 at 10:37 AM , Blogger Robbie K said...

sounds like a great place! We live too close for a bus...but too far to walk on most days.

 
At December 2, 2011 at 10:42 AM , Blogger Mommy Inconsistent said...

I love that kind of community. And you know who real friends are when you're comfortable enough to have them see you in your pjs all disheveled from a hectic morning...Happy Weekend to you too!

 
At December 2, 2011 at 11:26 AM , Blogger Maren said...

How fantastic! It sounds like a great environment to grow up in, too!

 
At December 2, 2011 at 2:33 PM , OpenID thisgalsjourney said...

We have a similar atmosphere at our school pick up/drop off times. There are only 150 kids in the whole school, so everyone pretty much knows everyone else. The big kids (for the most part) look out for the younger ones, etcc I love it.

 
At December 2, 2011 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

That's awesome. I take my kids to school on the way to work, but we don't really have a bus stop. The kids mostly wait in front of their homes. I would love to know my neighbors better, but I'm not very good at getting out to meet them.

 
At December 2, 2011 at 9:43 PM , Blogger cyndi said...

Much comfort and huge laughs in our own little corner! I love the bus stop girls!
Great friends!

 
At December 2, 2011 at 11:06 PM , Blogger Heather said...

It is so nice when we actually get to meet other parents and get SUPPORT!

Love that you have this in your neighborhood.

 
At December 3, 2011 at 9:34 AM , Blogger JDaniel4's Mom said...

How wonderful to have a group of ladies that you trust and feel comfortable with.

 
At December 3, 2011 at 10:44 AM , Blogger Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Beautiful post! It's so nice to have a group of women that are so supportive! I drive my kids to school, but I am blessed with some very sweet neighbors. :)

 
At December 4, 2011 at 4:55 PM , Blogger Jen Has A Pen said...

So cool you have such a connection and shared interest in the kids. And, amen you don't have to put on makeup! :-)

 
At December 4, 2011 at 8:23 PM , Blogger Kim said...

Love it! You know you are comfortable when you are in the PJ's sans makeup! Autumn hasn't started school yet, but when she does I hope I have a similar experience!

 
At December 6, 2011 at 11:33 AM , Anonymous OneMommy said...

Sounds like an awesome group of people! Moments like that make me wish we lived closer to town sometimes. It's hard to get to know neighbors when you are spaced out like we are here.

 

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