A boy and his bus

 

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Every child has their ‘thing’. Whether it is a Disney character, birds, pots and pans, or bubbles, every parent can probably identify at least one thing that their child has a slight obsession about.

For Max, it is buses. He loves all kinds of buses: coach buses, public transit buses, and the school bus. We have yet to make it to daycare without a scream of “BUS!!!!!” whenever he sees his favorite vehicle. The boy loves the bus!

But where does this bus obsession come from?

Max attends a very small daycare. Two days of the week, he is the only child there (except her own kids – but they are all at school in the afternoon). Three days a week, a little 10-month old is there. He used to have another girlfriend, but she stopped daycare last month. My daycare provider will not take more than three kids (the max in Ontario is five on top of your own children, and most take five) Essentially it is like having a nanny, but for significantly less money. I feel like I should be paying her more sometimes. Anyways, because of the small group of children, Max kind of feels like his daycare is more like his second home. He even calls his daycare lady, Mama. During the morning and afternoon, the older kids head off to school on the bus. Max’s daily routine includes the bus pick ups and drop offs.

At around 8:30am, Max starts assembling the other kids and second Mama to the door. He gets their bags and their shoes. When he feels that time is getting close – he starts yelling “bussssss!!!”. Last week, K was sick so the two older kids were told to go to the bus by themselves. Max was so distraught about not going to the bus that he started bawling. When the two kids said bye, he pouted and waved – then went upstairs to his bed. Poor guy.

I pick up Max around 4:15 in the afternoon. I could pick him up earlier, but if I pick him up just before the bus comes he gets angry. On Tuesdays I have to go to the University of Ottawa for night class, so I like to pick up Max early. I arrived right at 4pm, right before the bus comes. So naturally we had to wait for the bus. In the afternoon, Max puts on his coat and shoes and opens the door. He walks to the corner of the street where he promptly sits on the curb to wait. He can hear the bus coming, evident by the bouncing up and down movement as he waits. As soon as the bus pulls up – he gets up to run to the girls to give them hugs. When it is time for us to go, he does not want to. But, he goes to the car door (always to the driver’s side – no you are not driving the car!) all while saying “bye-bye!!” and blowing kisses.

We pass a park and ride OC Transpo station on the way home and he continues to yell “bus!!!” – I ask him if he wants to go on a bus ride on another day, and his eyes go wide and he says “suuuuuuuure!. I really do have to take him on the bus one of these days!

Do your kids have any obsessions?

Do you like taking the bus or any form of public transit?

 

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14 Comments

  1. Amy

    Such a cute photo! I love the diaper sticking out. And good deal on the daycare. It is really difficult to find in the US (say all of my friends with kids, thereby scaring me into not wanting kids).

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      It is very difficult to find affordable and reliable daycare in Toronto – but here in Ottawa it was fairly easy. We had lots of options available and Max also got a centre-daycare spot offered to him really quickly (although it is almost 2x the cost!)

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  2. Mary @ Fit and Fed

    How sweet! I certainly remember the vehicular obsessions my boys had when they were little. I wouldn’t even want to speculate how many times we read Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things that Go. Trucks and construction equipment were a big, big deal.

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      They certainly are! Max loves his trucks!

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  3. Lisa

    awwww, such a cute picture! 🙂

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Thanks 🙂

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  4. Kristi

    When Evan was around three he was obsessed with the planets. His favourite was Pluto. One day we were in the car and CBC was doing a report on Pluto losing its status as a planet. Evan burst into tears, took me ages to calm him down 🙂
    Love the picture of Max!

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      That is too cute!

      Thanks 🙂

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  5. Nicole

    How cute! I’m trying to think of what A’s obsessions are- definitely iPhones & shoes! I love when I see kids on the train for the first time and how cool they think it is. I wish I felt the same way…

    Love the picture of Max cranking the tunes (or A/C)!!

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      oh Max loves his iPhone! He even knows it is a phone, even though I rarely use it as one.

      Max knows how to turn on the music and probably knows how to start the car….

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  6. Life of K

    At the moment my little one is obsessed with babies. My 4-year-old is all over the place.

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Max is starting to get more into babies because of his 10 month old girlfriend. He never said baby before now it is baby, baby, baby.

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  7. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy

    Your little guy is darling! I LOVE that cute little diaper poking out. Each of my kids had different obsessions. One loved balls, one loved cars, one’s obsessed with superheroes and one loves trains!! My daughter is all girl and has always loved makeup, dress ups and anything sparkly. Kids are the best!

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    1. Rebecca (Post author)

      Thanks 🙂

      Kids are tons of fun!

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