Friday, September 9, 2011
Let's revisit the first day of school
All the while in the back of my mind knowing that I wanted everyone ready in enough time for those first day of school pictures at the house and bus stop.
7:03 comes and goes, no bus for Brayden. But we now we have time for photos.
7:10 comes and goes, still no bus for Brayden. Carter and Luke decided to wheel Brayden to the end of the driveway so he is ready when the bus comes.
So we end up running down our street for Carter and Luke's bus stop...and understand this, we live on the side of a large hill/small mountain, our road is steep and going downhill with the wheelchair is NOT something I would suggest. At any moment I felt like he could have gone rolling away towards serious destruction.
About half way down the hill, we see a bus. It is Brayden's bus. I shout to the driver to turn around and meet us at the end of the road. The boys and I continue down the hill to the end of the street. Brayden's bus turned around and parked to pick up Brayden. I scramble to get Brayden on the bus, barely talking to the bus driver because I am frazzled, sweaty now and a bit out of breath. It takes a while to load Brayden on the bus with the lift and then put on all of the wheelchair locks that have to happen for safe and secure bus ride. Meanwhile, his bus is blocking several families from reaching the bus stop for their first day of school. Cars are parking and kids are running, parents following behind trying to get pictures.
Carter and Luke's bus arrive, all the kids load. Their bus pulls off. Brayden's bus pulls off. It was about 7:20 a.m. I then have to walk/climb back up the hill to get in my car to rush to Brayden's school because they are expecting Brayden's nurse to be getting off the bus with him. I flag down a neighbor who gives me a ride up the street. I hop in the car and dash off to Brayden's school (about 20 minutes away). Remember how bad traffic is the first day of school? Apparently everyone leaves for work right after getting the kids off to school. I make it to Brayden's school, explain that his nurse will not be joining him (praying that they are okay with it all). I talk to the teacher, aids, then the PT and the school nurse.
At that point, I am finally children free but not stress free. I load myself into the car and drive to the nearest Starbucks. I sat in Starbucks for two hours, barely doing a thing. For the first hour, I just sat and didn't even get coffee. I did my best to not make eye contact with anyone and praying that I would not run into anyone I knew because at any moment I felt like I was going to burst into tears.
I finally made it home. Brayden had a good first day of school, although he screamed all the way home on the bus. Carter and Luke were happy to be back at school. How I just needed that day to be over.