In the Meridian School District, the kids have attendance centers. We live in Blue Mound, but the K - 2 is in Macon. One of the things that most excited Maggie was the fact that she gets to ride a bus to school now. Since kindergarten, she has dreamed of riding a bus. When she first started attending LSA, she was quite disappointed to find out that she did not get to ride a big yellow bus to school. This morning, she got to realize that dream.
As a child who spent literally hundreds of hours on a big yellow bus back and forth to school as a child, I have to say that I find her enthusiasm for the bus somewhat comical. I am sure the allure of it will fade all too soon. At any rate though, part of the thrill of her first day at Meridian was riding on the big school bus. I asked her last night if she wanted me to drive her to school in Macon, or if she preferred to take the bus. There was no hesitation at all as she told me she wanted to head over on the bus this morning.
This morning, I walked with her from our house to the intermediate school where they board the bus and head for the primary school. She actually knew several of the kids that were waiting with her for the bus, and I was all but ignored as she chatted and giggled with the other kids. When it was announced that the bus had arrived, she didn't give me so much as a look backwards as she bounded through the hall and out onto the sidewalk to the street where her chariot awaited. She and another little girl quickly grabbed a seat on the bus, and then suddenly, she seemed to remember that I was still there. She gave me a few obligatory smiles and a wave while I snapped a few pictures, and then quickly turned her attention back to her seatmate. In just a few moments, the bus had departed, and I walked back home alone to head off to work.
And another year begins.