Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Daddy Ramblings: First Day of Summer School


8:01 am:  Call from neighbor “Is Stacie OK?”  Yes, I reply, “Why?”  
In response: “I saw her running down the street screaming at a bus in her night gown.”  
Me: “oh, that, yeah I noticed that too.  First day of summer school. (pause)  Went better than I hoped for.”… some time earlier….
First day of school for a Special Needs kid.  When the bus driver who never dealt with a special needs kid (or protective " mother bear" as I call them) expects kids to be waiting on the corner, even though the route is a specific address, she will do a 30 second count and quickly drive away (bus schedule).  Bus pulled up, Stacie sees it and promptly finished brushing Riley’s teeth.  Started to wheel him out/at door 15 seconds later.  Bus starts to pulls away.   
Stacie looks to first person she sees Ronan (younger son),  “Watch Riley” who then looks to me (Dad standing next to Riley~!?/chopped liver?... Ronan's expression is like "watch him do what?") I tell Ronan I will be taking him to summer camp late. 
In her momentum Stacie starts to exit with wheelchair in hand (at door!!) and quickly is out (The Greeks really should have used a wheelchair for a battering-ram). The door flies open.  Stacie is off. The bus is off.  Third time in my marriage I saw my wife actually run.  Bus pulls away.  Ronan, Riley and I standing at the door:  Ronan asks “what is mommy doing?”  I sip my coffee as we all look out the door.... Stacie (running), bus (driving) and curious neighbors (standing) on street... and I reply “being mommy.”  So begins the first day of summer program.
Again, better than I hoped for as far as first day of summer school goes.

--
John Buck
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12 comments:

Rebekah A. said...

Oh my gosh, that's the funniest thing I have read in a long time! I can see it all right now. I hope you caught the bus driver!!

bethannchiles.com said...

Just being mommy. Love it!!! :-)

CinfulCinnamon said...

What were you thinking? There are a lot of us that would have LOVED a YouTube video of this moment. Next time, drop the coffee and grab the camera. LOL

Great story.

Theresa said...

I have 1 question for you, "did you catch the bus"? To funny!!!!

Stacie said...

No, I did not catch the bus... but she did see me and came back around the circle. Once it was clear she would not be escaping my fury I believe she felt best to return. It didn't start us off on a very good footing.

kara said...

Yes, this is funny. Let it be known that today is Stacie's and my birthday. I'm her younger sister by 6 years. Happy Birthday, Stacie!

scarlettann said...

Hahaha that is one crazy morning for you! Will be a birthday you will never forget!

Anonymous said...

See Stacie-everyone laughed(except you of course) Glad the bus driver decided it best not to mess with a screaming lady in a nightie...presumably before her first cup of coffee. @ John-the running is her training, she's coming to join me for half marathon in October-good to know she's taking it seriously.Sydney

Varda said...

That is just hysterical. What an image! Thanks for linking up with Blog Gems today and making me laugh!

Looking for Blue Sky said...

Aww goodness! I would so not like that...and yes I use my daughter's wheelchair like a battering ram, or perhaps a tank - people just scatter as they see us advance towards them.... (over from Blog Gems)

Sue said...

Thanks for the chuckle this morning.

=)

Laurel said...

Ah yes - the "special needs mom sprint." LOL, thanks for the laugh; I'm visiting from Blog Gems.