Thursday, May 14, 2009

it's pinch myself time


Every now and then something happens that gives me hope for the future. Today was one of those days.


Sasquatch has, as I feared, been having trouble catching the bus to school in the morning. Surely some of it is summer fever, but with frightening regularity, I get a call at work or hear him stomp in the front door with one of his patented excuses. This is the favorite -


"The bus came ridiculously early." (Translation: I was late and it was on time.)


But lately I've also been hearing a lot of this -


"I was standing right there and the bus went right past me." (Translation: Who the hell knows?)


The first couple of times I heard that I quite honestly didn't believe him. But when I kept hearing the same thing - especially when I was at work and helpless to do anything about it - I told him that he needed to call the bus company and complain. He wouldn't do it. Said he was the only person at that bus stop and the driver would know he was the one complaining. If I pushed it he pretty much exploded on me. Then I got the always calming Sasquatch platitude - "Don't worry, Mom. It's fine." (Usually said when it's clearly not fine at all.)


But today it happened again, and as he walked back in the door I could hear him talking to someone. It was the bus company, and he came into my room as he stated his case calmly. Said he had been standing right there and the driver had gone straight past him. He didn't blow up and he didn't back down. In the end, they sent another (smaller) bus to pick him up to make his connection, since evidently this driver has a history of this exact same thing. And lo and behold, he got to school on time - and in a decent mood. (This also demonstrates a lot about mass transit in our town, but that's a whole other story.)


I told him I was really proud of him, because I knew that he had stepped out of his comfort zone big time. And that he had handled it perfectly and without drama. And gotten to school independently and on time to boot.


Could the kid actually be growing up?

10 comments:

ped crossing said...

Bravo Sasquatch! Maturity happens one step at a time.

Maggie May said...

Brilliant RC.
I do hope they sack that other driver as that really is just no on, is it to leave a child at a bus stop?
You have taught him well!

Frances said...

Yay him.

Thumbelina said...

Yes he could and after a spectacular row with my 19 y/o I am wondering if he ever will right now...

Maggie said...

It's in those moments that I know they will be okay. I have to believe this and I do, I really do.

Katy said...

Wow. I had a huge phone adverstion for a really long time so I completely sympothize with Sasquatch on not wanting to call. Good for him!

aims said...

What the hell? Not picking up someone at a stop? That's terrible!

Good for him. This is a great learning experience really.

Mimi said...

Delighted for you and for him, and it gives me hope for my own crew too, so thanks for sharing! mimi

Devon said...

It does give hope for the future! Well done!

Kila said...

Woohoo, good for him! I bet he felt great for doing something about it himself.