May 30, 2012 6 Comments
Warm weather is here, and I’m looking forward to summer! We won’t be taking any big vacations; most weekdays, I’ll be going to work in my office as usual, and our seven-year-old Nicholas will be attending art and natural history day camps at the Carnegie Museum while his dad works from home. I take a city bus to work, getting off right in front of the museum, so it will be easy for me to take Nicholas there each morning. I’m looking forward to riding the bus with him again like I did for three years while he was in preschool! I have missed my commuting companion since he started going to a school within walking distance of our home.
I will admit, it’s a little bit annoying that he has to pay to ride the bus now and that the transit authority doesn’t sell bus passes for children. Most days, Daniel will be picking up Nicholas and usually will do it by car, so Nicholas will be paying child’s fare for only 5 rides a week, a total cost of $5.50–much less than the $22.50 price of a weekly pass. At least we’ll be able to avoid the hassle of finding exact change every day, by buying ten-trip ticket books, which they do sell in a half-fare version; the price is the same ($11 for 10 rides) but the tickets can’t get accidentally spent on something else! If I drove him to the museum and then parked my car all day in the neighborhood, I’d burn through that $11 every two days! (Parents of day campers get a parking pass for the museum garage, but it’s good only for short times for drop-off and pick-up, not for a full day.)
On the bus, and while waiting for the bus, I can read books to Nicholas–or my first-grade alumnus can read to me! That’s another change from his preschool days. I look forward to sharing more stories with him and having more reading time than we do at bedtime.
Every day, we’ll get to walk together from our house to the bus stop on the main street. Our route to school goes the other way, and it’s been striking to me these last two years how much of the daily excitement of our neighborhood Nicholas misses by not hitting Murray Avenue every day! (Sometimes I’ve taken him for a walk in the evening to see a digging machine, an antique storefront newly exposed during a renovation, or something else of interest that may vanish before the weekend.) We’ll ride past a new apartment building every day and watch its construction. Read more…