Gavin and I took a big step yesterday! I did something that I said that I could never do! Gavin did something that took a lot of a bravery for a 3 year old! What we both did yesterday may not seem like a big deal for most people, but it was HUGE to Gavin and I.
Yesterday, I had to say goodbye to Gavin, while standing there waving and hoping and praying that he would be well cared for, safe and happy. I have only put Gavin in a vehicle with someone else a couple of handfuls during his entire life. The other times I knew the person well(my husband and mother-in-law) or I had no choice but to let him go because he had to be flown in a helicopter to a hospital far away. So, to me, yesterday's event was a big deal!
So, have you guessed what Gavin's big adventure was???
Cathy you guessed right! Gavin took a school bus to school yesterday! And, guess what?! He and I actually survived!
I swore that I could never let Gavin take the bus to school, because I felt that he was too young, for one thing, and also I was afraid because he can't talk and tell me what happens to him when he is away from me. It took a lot of bravery on both of our parts, but WE DID IT! And, I only lost a few tears and Gavin seemed to LOVE it!
Here is a note that I taped to his shirt, for his teacher to read when he got to school:
She did call me to let me know that he got there safely and to let me know that the driver and bus aide said that he did really well on the bus. The bus company even called me about 10 minutes after he was picked up to make sure that the pick up went well, so I'm very impressed by the bus company and by his teacher! I am confident that Gavin is in terrific hands even when he's not with me!
Here he is waiting for the bus to arrive at our house:
Here is his bus arriving:
Here is Gavin getting onto the wheelchair lift and being lifted onto the bus:
And, here is Gavin on the bus (even smiling!) and leaving for school:
It was difficult watching the bus pull away, but I knew that ultimately Gavin is in God's Hands, so I knew that he would be safe!
I didn't even follow the bus to school, which I did consider doing! :)
My Mom offered to go to lunch with me and to walk around the mall so that I could keep my mind off from it for the first day. This was very helpful, but seeing Gavin's smiles and excitement as he got onto the bus is what really kept me comforted! He is such a big boy! I guess he's a lot like his brothers. They have always been quite independent and didn't really care if they were with me all the time, plus they all enjoy adventure, so I guess Gavin is no different!
Here is the bus arriving back home:
Yay Gavin's Home Again!!! All the brothers were home from school to watch him get off the bus too!
And, finally, here is the note that his teacher sent in reply to Gavin's note to her:
So, that was our big day and Gavin's adventure! I really hope that Gavin continues to enjoy it! And, now maybe I can start getting more things done around here with 4 hours to myself! This actually makes me sad, but I'm sure that I will get used to it.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34