What goes around comes around. I thought about that when Alley’s mom offered not only to drive us to Jenna’s school, but pick her up as well. When I was driving I had stopped to pick up Jorge and his mom whenever I would see them walking to church. I was also willing to drive them to other destinations as needed. I’ve given rides to various people for various reasons. I actually haven’t had a problem with it so I don’t know why I’m having such an issue at the receiving end.
Alley’s mom is a really good driver – unfortunately not all drivers are that careful behind the wheel. If she were to get in an accident because she was out shuttling Jenna and me around, I would be quite bothered by it. But I didn’t want to discourage her or take away from her act of kindness. The last time she picked Jenna up from school, her own children nearly beat her home.
Jenna, who usually considers herself late for school if she hasn’t crossed the playground at least 30 minutes before school starts, would rather take the bus than be to school fifteen minutes before we would normally board the bus. But I’m not always thrilled with the idea of having to return to the bus stop to wait in the freezing cold either. And so we made a compromise.
Alley’s brother normally takes the bus to the junior high but during the cold months and elements, their mom has been dropping him off and has offered to take Jenna the rest of the way to her school as Vantanna really isn’t that far from Dwight Jr. High.
But as I mentioned in this post Alley’s school let’s out only five or ten minutes after Jenna’s and though they return to the neighborhood by way of school bus, the timing is not always convenient from my point of view. I think she needs to be home for their return – though I do appreciate her willingness and have accepted her offer – I still am having a hard time with it.
Jenna, who also likes to dawdle (which I have mentioned here and here and probably another number of places) has been good about crossing the field on time. But I think she is more bothered about crossing the field immediately after school than she is at arriving early. And so we made a compromise.
We will ride with Alley’s mom in the morning and I will return for her by bus in the afternoon. Roland hasn’t been coming home on time the last few nights and so I’m not worried about having his dinner ready (whenever I do, he’s late; whenever I don’t, he’s home on time – I can’t win)
I’m grateful to those people who serve others and assistance and genuine concern and kindness.
This morning I handed a card to Alley’s mom to thank her and let her know about the compromise between me and Jenna. I am comfortable with it. I hope that she is too.