Friday, October 9, 2009

The Leader of the Pack

Last week I had a day off and volunteered in L's classroom. Since I wasn't going to work L was able to ride the bus to school. She was super excited (as was S who packed a backpack with her blankies, puppy and monkey to take sissy to the bus stop). So we get to the bus stop and L patiently waits for JR (neighbor across the street) to get there. He gets there and shortly afterwards the bus pulls up. All the kids get in line to get on and the following happens:

The afternoon bus (the only one L had ridden up until last week) is #122, but apparently the morning one is #119. I didn't even look at the numbers, knowing all my neighbors' kids who ride the bus everyday (including JR) were getting on and going to the same school as L. A frantic L yells, "JR this isn't our bus, our bus is #119, this is #122, we can't get on" and pulls JR away from the bus. JR looks a little bewildered but says "OK" and follows L's lead. I calmly assured L this was the correct bus and told her and JR to get on. As I am leaving the bus stop I am relaying the story to my neighbor and she says "Oh she will make a great wife - already giving directions and telling the boys what to do." Then another neighbor (a husband) says "Yep and like a good husband JR followed right along!" Then when I get to school L's (fabulous) Kindergarten teacher tells me how much she enjoys having L in her class and what a natural leader she is. I was thinking to myself, if only you saw her in action at the bus stop this morning! Besides saying great things about my kid, her teacher has the patience of a saint. God bless her, she is amazing with those kids! We are very lucky to have her! Let's hope L doesn't continue to practice her leadership (aka Miss Bossy Pants) skills with her little sister! S follows along for a little while, but definitely has her own agenda!

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