It is so interesting to be the mother of a nearly 2 year old and a 7 year old. It is fascinating to see the similarities and differences between them - developmentally, socially, emotionally, and of course their likes and dislikes. An example of their differences was driven home (pardon the pun) to me in particular over this past week, with regard to my girls very different feelings about -- the bus.
In contrast, my older daughter does not love the bus these days (did I mention that?)! Many mornings, she wakes up saying, “I don’t want to go to school – I don’t like the bus!” One of her big complaints is that her afternoon bus, admittedly, takes quite a long time to get to our house. It seems to me that she is one of the last kids to be picked up in the morning (short ride), and one of the last kids to be dropped off in the afternoon (long ride). In addition to the long ride, she never seems to be able to finish her lunch at school, and she is not allowed to eat on the bus on the way home. I can appreciate that the bus driver / company does not want to have to pick up after the kids, but I also can understand that when she’s on the bus for 45 minutes after a long day at school, that a few Goldfish crackers would go a long way toward keeping her in a good mood!