About Me

I am the proud mother of 6 children. 5 of our children have autism. We do not feel our world has ended, but just begun. We do not chelate, intervene biochemically, give shots of any kind, practice ABA, etc. We treat them as we treat any humanbeing. We treat them with kindness and respect and expect the same from them. They are exceptional children.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

THE WHEELS ON THE BUS...

As I put Kiernan on his bus this morning, it reminded me of something.
Next year, our 8 year old son and our 10 year old daughter will not get
bus service from school.
You see, little Patrick and Erin have been "weaned" out of Special Education services.
That includes riding the "little bus".
The "little bus" does not bother us. On this bus is the safety away from the
cruel NT children who find it necessary to bully the ones who they feel are
less than themselves. But, in the long run, these NT children are the ones
who are far more disturbed than our children.

The young man, who last year felt it necessary to yell at Deirdre on the
Middle School bus. He has had a horrible life....his mother died of cancer,
his father wants nothing to do with him, and of course, he is being raised
by his Grandparent's...who cannot control him.
So, we are left to deal with him yelling at my daughter on the bus.
No....I did not take well to this.
I called the Principal of the school and stated..."You take care of this,
or I will"....
He took care of it.....

There is a stigma about riding "THE LITTLE BUS"....we have found nothing
but loving, nurturing persons driving and attending these smaller than average
buses.

We only have 2 on these buses now.....Caitlin and Kiernan. I assume they
will always ride them. That is okay with me.
Erin will ride the "regular" big bus to Middle School.....Deirdre will ride the
"regular" big bus to High School....Little Pat and Meaghan will walk to and from
school every day (with my supervision, of course).

I am very proud of my children for their accomplishments and their hard
work for overcoming alot of hardships. But, next time you decide to make
fun of "THE LITTLE BUS"...remember, I still have a couple who ride that
bus and they are pretty amazing children.

5 comments:

Bonnie D. said...

I agree! Here they call it "the short bus" and my son has been on one for his whole school career and I love those people who drive them and take care of them too. I have to say that I have the luxury of knowing he will NEVER ride a regular bus, even if he could for the very reason you sited, and because I will drive him if he comes to that. (I'm not starting controversy here, I know some parents aren't able to transport, understandable). Personally, I get offended when any one makes comments that include "retard" or "window lickers" too.

pantrypuff said...

I need a short bus to drive me to work every day. Can you send one my way...

Mom26children said...

The bus is on it's way...congrats on the weight loss..
Hey, did you see my "smokin hot" picture at my reunion?

pantrypuff said...

No! Where's the pic? I'll look at your older entries. Hot Mama

Beenthere said...

I absolutely adore my son's bus drivers. They are a husband and wife who really care and love the children on their bus, and try to help out the parents if they can.