Tuesday, January 17, 2012
OIK Tuesday: don't let the teacher drive the bus
There's a new girl in my class, Jasmine, who moved here from South Carolina and is still learning how things work at this school and in this community.
Today it was my turn to escort all the kindergarten bus riders --something like 45 kids--down to the APR to wait for buses (which is the recipe for an instant migraine once all the other bus riders in the school have arrived). It was just one day this week rather than the usual five days in a row, thank goodness.
By the time Jasmine heard me announcing that I had "bus duty," I was wearing dark trousers and a white shirt, having shed my cardigan like a mealworm molts its exoskeleton--because even with the windows open it's like 85 degrees in my classroom. Jasmine came right up to me, eyes wide, taking in what must have looked like a uniform.
"Teacher! I didn't know you could drive the bus!"
I have dreams, you know.
At the end of the day, I'll lead the line,
all the way onto the bus,
climb into the driver's seat
and zoom away,
without even synching my Palm first.
I bet your mom would let me.
~Heidi Mordhorst 2012
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