Morning y’all – it was the morning we have all been waiting for for the past 9 weeks. Kids are returning to school. Mums and dads will have all the time in the World to relax, do adult stuff, sit on sofa, and smile with freshly brewed coffee while kids are off to learn the common core … which by the way sucks! There, I said it!
Reality couldn’t be further from the imaginary story TV ads and movies will all have us believe, which shows every morning as a magical experience. Kids come flying down the stairs singing Mary Poppins, fully dressed in latest fashion, laughing at each other, hugging and kissing us (parents) and ready to take on the day; eager to jump on the yellow big bus to school and learn stuff.
To most new parents, I hate to burst your bubble, but that shit only happens in fairy tales!
Our back to school “adventure” actually started the evening before, with a quiet family post Labor Day dinner.
Obviously it was rather chaotic dinner as we also tried to go through the endless check list for each of our three kids and planning a few trips to the local Walmart. You can always trust Walmart to have everything needed for school start. But seriously, how many pencils, glue sticks, erasers, tissues, zip lock bags does a 2nd grader need?
The conspirator in me would state that the class teacher is stockpiling supplies and selling them on eBay to support some shady activities. I do not have evidence of such a crime 🙂
Showers, clothes laid out, school bags packed and alarm clocks set. We were ready … not!
Sure enough, on the day of days, the kids are not eager to get out of bed. All summer they woke before the sun even got eyes, and now they can barely walk. It’s like a small hoard of zombies walking/crawling down the stairs, uttering simple commands “fooooood”. All while barely opening their eyes.
Once food had been somewhat consumed, it was time to get dressed. Suddenly the kids had to look at the weather, wind in the trees, mood rings, color matching, spider nests, migration of butterflies, just to make sure that they would send right impressions on this day, day of days.
T-10 min before the front of our house would look like Grand Central, with three buses stopping our three kids, going to three different schools. I did consider calling the local cops to get them to direct traffic, but figured the bus company had the routine down to a fine art.
T-1 min and now my wife has gone from understanding Sound of Music nanny style, to female version of John Wick minus the dead dog and killings … but calm and assertive, shouting directions to the kids to get their a*** in gear and run to bus stop.
I calmly walked to the curb with my son, a few minutes before the bus was scheduled to arrive. 15 minutes after the scheduled time, and still no bus, it started to rain. But, it was first day of school and delays would be expected.
A further 15 minutes and I was not too sure I could blame it on back-to-school-traffic. After a further 5 minutes I called the bus company, not to bite their incompetence heads off, but merely to state that I was patiently waiting, only to be told that the bus driver went on a road trip and forgot to swing his bus my way. Thankfully he was sending a spare bus.
Low and behold, the spare bus came up the road, only to drive past our house, but the driver did waive. at T+55 min, I rang the bus company again, explained that driver waived at me and never returned. A few screams were heard in the background, as the guy on the phone shouted at the missing driver. Magically, the bus arrived 3 mins later.
Day 1 of back-to-school was finally kicked off, now off to work 🙂