Tuesday, October 12, 2010


This post goes with my last one which I just wrote a few hours ago.  In the last post, I was irrelevant; now I'm relevant.  Here's how.

I didn't get much sleep last night- it was just a few short hours ago that I posted (about being irrelevant)  before going to bed.  When my alarm went off at 6am, I was not amused.  I ignored it longer than usual. 

The Child has to be on his school bus before 7am, which I think is rather ridiculous, but the school board never consulted with me......The Child is most definitely NOT a morning person, so I have little choice but to drive the lifeless child to his bus stop half a mile from our house to increase my odds of getting him on that bus.

Unbelievably, he sleeps in the car as I drive the half mile to the bus stop and since he's already asleep, I don't awaken him until the bus is actually in sight.  (It's pitch black outside at that hour!)  This morning was no different from the usual routine up to this point.

I always get out of the car and walk with The Child to the door of the bus.  He's in 7th  grade now, and it may seem a bit, shall we say, overprotective?  The other mothers do not accompany their boys to the bus- they remain seated in their SUVs and mini vans.  I have wondered if it bothers The Child that I do that.  He never says anything, so I persist, even though last week I found myself wondering why I do it.  What do I think I'm protecting him from?

Well, today I found out.  As we exited the car and started crossing the street to the bus stop, a car came careening around the corner, heading directly toward The Child who, although upright and walking, was still partially asleep.  I miraculously came to life and shoved The Child as hard as I could out of the speeding car's path.  Heart racing, I yelled at the driver,  "S-L-O-W  D-O-W-N !!!!!!" before picking The Child up off the ground and guiding him to the bus.

Everybody who witnessed this event was speechless.  Had The Child been unaccompanied by his hovering mother, the result would have been tragic.

As Annie said in her comment on my last post, even though my caring sister is gone, my relevance is not.  Lesson learned.



Lynilu said...

The Child is your greatest relevance .... there are others, but that is the most important one.

Hugs for healing, dear, sweet Betty.

B.S. said...

Lynilu, I appreciate your wisdom, as always.

Many extra hugs to you,

Annie said...


Sometimes the Universe steps in with action when words alone may not have illustrated the point.

I am very glad you were there, glad that The Child is safe because you were there, and glad that it clearly brought home your being of relevance as a woman, person and Mother.
Because all three were there for your son in one body:)

Now, unfortunately, I'm getting cyber stalked again so my blog had to go private, sigh. I think I have your e-mail address on my other computer, and as soon as I have access to it, I'll send you an invite. Sorry about the hassle.

moni said...

You must know that being a mom is the most important job in the world, that is why you are so good at it. Your child only has one mom and always will only have one mom, and that is you.

Big Dave T said...

Man, doesn't that make your heart race when you're in those type of situations? Drivers today are so distracted it's a nightmare for pedestrians and bicyclists. A couple weeks ago I was crossing with the "walk" sign when I saw a car come careening around the corner, totally oblivious to me. Had I not stopped, the car would have run me over. And if that happened, you KNOW the driver would not have seen any prison time. That's an unfortunate offshoot of our car culture here in this country.

Annie said...

How are you doing today?

I'm bitchy and miserable and full of jealousy and self-pity. Hmmph. Nothing enlightening or encouraging to share... Bah Humbug early.

Blog is back open again.