There are a lot of unique benefits to having my kids more than six years apart in age, one of them being that each one has had their own time as an only child. For more than half the year Addie is at school during the day leaving Vivi and me to wander around our lives as a pair, just like Addie and I did in her toddler years. However, Addie has the added benefit of coming home to two people who are excited to see her, and our daily bus stop reunions are proof that two is more fun than one when it comes to the bus stop.
When I was younger I walked to my granny's house everyday after school, I'm still a little mad I was never able to ride a school bus in all my years of elementary and high school. I was always jealous of the kids who got to go home to their moms, cookies, and hugs. Now, I'm sure the percentage of kids who actually went home to moms, cookies and hugs was MUCH smaller than what I had in my eight year old brain, but I still had an ideal, one I wanted to fufill with my own kids.
This school year I have plans to make the daily bus stop a bit more of a party with a little help from Vivi. I plan to have Vivi dressed up as Addie gets off the bus on Halloween, holding a bunch of balloons on her birthday and holding a special treat after major third grade test days. Perhaps I'll even look into witty posters or kazoos for Addie's grand exit from bus #17 each day. Imagine if I could get a whole parade of people to welcome her home on a particularly special day, it wouldn't be that difficult, and knowing her, she'd feel like a million bucks.
Seeing the two of them reunite with shrieks and squeals as though they haven't seen each other for years is always one of the best, most rewarding parts of my day. During the day when Addie isn't around, Vivi screams at every school bus, certain that it is the one holding her sister.
While I can't make everyday more amazing than the last when it comes to coming home from school each day, I have plans to make a few days more special than others, hopefully creating new memories and givng Addie ideas as to what her own ideal would be with her family in the future.
How have you made coming home from school special for your kids?