Several of the children in my care take the school bus to school and normally the bus stops to pick-up and drop off the children directly in front of my house. Due to some major road work in the area the bus can no longer turn onto my street during the morning rush hour so the stop has been moved to the end of the street.
If the lunchtime or after school drop offs had been moved I would probably be annoyed – those are hectic times of the day and a change like that would be very disruptive to our schedule. The morning walk to the bus stop is actually quite enjoyable. We listen to the birds, visit with the neighbourhood cats that come to greet us, and enjoy the refreshing spring weather.
There is a lot of traffic at the corner so while we wait the children count cars or play eye spy type games. Last week a police car passed by and the children waved at the officer – who waved back. The children were ecstatic and a new game began.
The children stand side by side and wave at everyone who passes by. They smile and wave at every pedestrian, cyclist or vehicle that goes past our location. They also keep score: one point for everyone who smiles back, two points if they smile and wave too. The children cheer every time they get a response from these morning commuters and there is a collective groan when there is a surly unresponsive one. The children could hardly contain their excitement when one driver smiled, waved and honked the horn – THREE points!
So, if you see a group of children standing on the corner smiling and waving make their day and wave back. Hopefully they will make your day a little brighter too. 🙂