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When on the 2nd day of Kindergarten, your kid doesn't get off the bus.
Then you tell the bus driver that your kid is on the bus.
And he calls out his name a few times and no kid comes.
And then you are like, WTF?
Then he makes a final call and says the kid is not on his bus and that you will have to call the school.
And then you try not to totally freak the fuck out.
Then you wonder how hard he really looked. And even though you KNOW that your kid is probably fine, your heart rate is about double normal.
And then you don't have the number for the school, so you have to go back to your house.
Then you call the school and the secretary checks and says that he did get on the bus.
Then you are super pissed because they say you have to go to the middle school, which is like 20 minutes away to get your kid. And also, you are worrying that your kid will be freaking out, which is making you anxious.
And then you wonder why they are not being MORE HELPFUL to kids who started school YESTERDAY and might need a little extra help with bus stuff for a few days. Especially since yesterday, your kid was sitting on the bus and didn't get off until the driver called him and he came up and saw me. Especially since your kid is special ed, and has an IEP, and blah blah blah the bottom line is that part of his sensory issues is that he doesn't always hear/respond his name when you talk to him. Especially when he is crazy tired because he just started going to school and learning for 7 hours a day and adjusting and COME ON PEOPLE.
Then you get to the middle school and at least the REASON he is there starts to make sense since the buses are now loading up with middle schoolers. And you walk in the front door and practically bump into the bus driver.
And then he tells you that things will be okay and you can see your kid through the glass in the office and he is totally oblivious to anything being really wrong and seems pretty happy and you are relieved but at the same time you are sort of trying not to yell "WHAT THE FUCK, DUDE?" at the bus driver as he tells you that he makes sure all the Kindergarteners sit at the front but Sam must have slipped away to the middle of the bus and then he didn't respond to his name being called and I wonder why the hell the driver didn't take 5 seconds to walk down the aisle and actually LOOK for my kid and I shakily tell him that Sam is special ed might need extra help and he tells me that he has a kid with Autism who is graduating college this year and I wonder why he doesn't apologize in any way and just tells me things will be okay and both he and the secretary tell me I should remind Sam to sit in the front and watch for his stop and I am like HE IS FIVE DUDES.
And then you walk in and your kids is like, "Hey! Mommy!" and he is fine and you say woah, that was silly, you had a long bus ride and he tells you that he knows he gets off at Huckleberry Park and you are kind of like, what? You know the name of that park? And he says that the other kids were talking and he tried to get them to be quiet so he could hear the bus driver but they were not listening and then through conversation you realize that he may actually have heard his name, but didn't know he was being talked to because there is another Sam in his class, Sam V.
AND THEN YOU GO HOME AND OH MY GOD ITS ONLY THE SECOND DAY OF KINDERGARTEN AND GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH.
Yeah, that's "awesome".