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Thursday, January 15, 2009

From the House of Mouse

It is cold here this week, really cold. The temperature this morning was -21 C. There has been a cold weather advisory issued. They have opened emergency housing for the homeless in the city of Toronto. We usually have one of these deep freezes each January in Ontario. I can remember several years ago being in Toronto during January when there was one of these freezes, and seeing people laying on those street grates, trying to get some warmth.










This is view out my door Tuesday morning, looking down our street. It was quite beautiful with the freshly fallen snow. Then later in the day, the same view....




The wind had really picked up and this is blowing snow. Driving became dangerous and many highways were closed.





THE DRAMA ON THE BUS

Last Friday there was drama on the bus ride home. Matthew was sitting in the seat behind the driver, two older boys (in grade eight) came and sat down behind him. They began taunting him and teasing him by taking his belongings away from him. They took his backpack, his art that was in his hand, his hat and they pulled his boot off his foot.

Emily heard what was going on and came up to help her brother. She took his belongs back from the boys, the boys called her a name.

Monday morning I called both schools, and the bus company. Both principals took it seriously and handled it really well, the bus company has installed a camera on the bus.

This week there hasn't been any issues. Although, the boys have not been riding the bus. I think they are just lying low for a while since they were talked to by the principal.

This is not the only issue we have had with the bus. Last year on Matthew's first day of school, he got off the bus at the wrong stop. He was over three kilometers from home. We couldn't find him for over forty minutes. Quite possibly that was the longest forty minutes of my life. We had the police involved, as well as many bus drivers who were out looking for him. An angel watched over him that day. A grade eight girl spoke to him and helped him figure out his was home. She walked the whole way with him. I was never so happy to see him!!

As you can see, we have had enough drama on the bus to last us a lifetime!!



24 comments:

kristyo15 said...

Thanks for stopping by! Oh my goodness, that looks really cold! It's 60 degrees down here in Texas! Some of my students have shorts on today! Sorry to hear about all of the drama!

ASHLEY said...

wow,that is cold. we're having some really cold weather here too.the low tonight is supposed to 7 degress, i bet that seems warm compared to where your at. they said it has'nt been this cold in six years. however, we're not getting any precipitation. i would love to have a beautiful snow fall........on to the bus drama, some kids are just like that BULLYS!!! i don't like kids that act that way.....hope everything continues to be o.k.

jen@odbt said...

Ok, I'm not going to whine about the cold here. Sorry to hear about the bus trouble. I always worry about the bus ride...kids can be so cruel. I'm glad to hear your daughter stood up for her little brother. I always tell my kids to look out for each other...I hope they hear me.

Leene said...

Its cold here in Virginia well but no where near your temps. I'm sorry you guys have had such bus issues, my 7 year old rides the bus and having her get off at the wrong stop is scary to think of. It does sound like the bus company and school system is taking care of the problem.

gramee said...

wow makes me very happy to be in arizona.
this is our first winter here.
we just transplanted from very snowy utah..but not so cold..

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

Those are some scary bus stories!
I love the view from your front door. What a beautiful picture. Stay warm. :)

Lori said...

the bus is a scary place and it is sad that that all happened right behind the driver.. hello! are you tuning the world out that much?

Mighty M said...

Thanks for visiting me! I would have been so freaked out about the bus situation (missing child for 40 minutes!). Stay warm!

Debbie said...

That is scary about him getting off so far from home. All of our buses have cameras too. That does help.

Laurie in Ca. said...

Wow Pam,

It's been ummm 50 years since being Matthews age and riding the treacherous bus to and from school for me. Some things just NEVER change do they? I am so proud of Emily coming to his rescue. I hope the bullies were embarrassed to be put in their place by a GIRL!!! Quick action with the camera on the bus too. Here in California, they would be whining about the money and the bad economy. Love your snowy pictures. Have I mentioned that I have never seen or been in snow?:) I know I have but had to get that in. Stay safe and warm.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

Lara said...

Complain as I might about having to walk or drive my kids to school each day, I'm actually really grateful that they don't ride the bus.

Your pictures are very beautiful, in a freezing cold sort of way. I'm ready for spring and the lowest temps we've had this year are only -10 F. I'm fairly sure you're dealing with a ton colder than that!

blueviolet said...

The first picture sure looks so calm and peaceful! The second not so much. I've been to Toronto but never in January and I know exactly what you're referring to with the grates. There were a significant number of homeless throughout the city as I recall. We loved it there and the underground mall was big fun.

I always hated riding the bus because of the jerks that were inevitably riding on it as well. I'm sorry your son was picked on but thank goodness your daughter was there to stick up for him. You sure have had more than your share of bus drama!

Laura said...

Gorgeous! Just gorgeous! I wish you would send a little of that white stuff my way! Sorry for the bus problems. Kids can be so mean and hateful. I blame the parents.

Tara said...

BRRR! It looks so cold! as for me...i'm sorry to say i'm down in FL. however, this morning was cold...for us, 32 degrees when i went out for my jog. that's cold here! ♥

Kristina P. said...

Icky, icky snow! I really wish winter was over. Utah gets pummeled too!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I will return!

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

Sorry to hear about the bus ordeal. Kids can be so wicked. I agree with Laura, starts with the parents. Glad to hear the school took it seriously.

-21 C?!! I've never lived in the snow. Actually I've only been in it a couple of times. WoW! That's cold. And the kids still go to school on days like that?

Natalie said...

I always wished I could ride a school bus when I was little, but maybe I should be glad I never did. Kids are so mean.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Brindi said...

Yikes! Sorry your son is having such problems with the bus. It sounds as though the school was very quick to respond. Thank goodness he has a good big sister!

Nancy said...

I hate the bus! I take both my kids to and from school because of past and present bus issues. I'm so glad your school and bus handled this properly. Currently I have a bus-stop issue as the bus stop is in front of my house. So I have about 15 rowdy kids running through my yard every single morning, and they broke one of my trees and it died. I have written a letter to the bus dept at our school district over a month ago and though I put at the bottom of my letter "please call me about this" no one has called.

Bee and Rose said...

Thank Heavens for our Angels! Your wee ones sound like they are very strong, brave people.

I am delighted to have found your lovely blog! It is so peaceful and inspirational. I am happily hooked and will definitely be a repeat visitor!

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Hugs!
dawn

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Yaya said...

Wow, that girl that helped him find his way home is definitely an angel!!

I never rode the bus as a kid bc we lived across the street from the school so I walked, but I always heard of horrible bus stories. That seems to be where the kids learn the worst things.....
Good luck getting it straightened out.

Janet said...

Oh how much I would love to see snow again. The coldest I have been was -18 degrees when we were in Poland a few years ago. In SA, we SOMETIMES go to zero or just below -1 maybe -2. Well done Emily on sticking up for your brother! A brave thing indeed!

hippo chick said...

I'm always sad when I hear stories about bullying. What prompts children to be so mean, I wonder? Glad it was settled.

I love your winter pictures. I remember being in Toronto several years ago in January for a show and seeing homeless people in cardboard shelters and lying on grates. So very sad. There is much of that in NYC too.

~hippo hugs~