Thursday, February 25, 2010

Taking a preschooler on the city bus

IMG_3767On Tuesday morning my daughter and I departed for our bussing to preschool adventure.  We had spent some time talking about what the bus would be like and she was very excited.  None the less  I had some reservations.  Would she be able to deal with all the extra walking the city bus requires?  The route to preschool isn’t exactly direct.  It’s a 1/2 mile to the stop and at least that again once the bus drops us off.  I also was concerned that she wouldn’t like the noise of the bus, she is rather sensitive to loud things and gets scared pretty easy.

My fears quickly started to subside as we left the door and all she wanted to do was run to the bus stop.  “Daddy we don’t want to be late” she told me followed by “I can’t wait to see what the inside of the bus looks like”.  The morning was off to a great start.

IMG_3764We played a game where we tried to find things we wouldn’t have seen if we had taken the car.  Along the way she began to collect items she found which included a very red leaf, a feather and penny.  The penny was the most exciting in this down economy.  However rather than putting it toward college we decided to chuck it into a fountain we passed and wish for more pennies to be found.

Once at our stop she waited patiently.  The bus showed up and she climbed aboard, wished the bus driver a good morning and we were on our way.  She was very taken with the notion that nobody had a seat belt and there were no car seats.  That combine with the great view you get from being up high made the trip go by very quickly.  Preschool is the last stop on the 245 and we ended up being the only folks that rode all the way to the last stop.  Michael, our driver was super cool and let us snap a couple photos with him.  I also asked him lots of questions about driver training which I’ll post on in the future.

IMG_3791All in all the trip was a great success and something we will definitely be doing again.  The trip does take longer.  With all the walking I allowed 45 min to get to school, when I drive a car I only need about 10 to be on time.  I don’t feel like that extra 35 minutes is a waste though.  We got to get some exercise, had great conversation and made some lasting memories.

You can view a slideshow of the whole adventure by clicking on these photos.


  1. This is great! What a good dad!

  2. I'm a bus commuter in in Omaha, NE. I'm 30 years old & have never owned a car. This is such a Great Lent & personal goal. GOOD JOB!! It's lovely to read that your daughter will not have the same attitude that you had as a child.

    Keep it up, & hopefully you are able to make life change.

  3. I am 18 and in need of a driver's license. I live along here and I always pass by this place. I called for driving lessons and the person I talked to was very nice and helpful.