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September 10, 2008 9:52 pm

Metro Transit experience today …

Filed under: Customer Service,Miscellaneous,Travel — ramsblog @ 9:52 pm

I don’t know if there was something wrong with this bus route or if it was my luck today :)

I started off for a bus at 4:35pm and was a few minutes early around the bus stop, however, when I was at cross roads and about 50ft away from the bus stop, it just flew away. I decided to walk down to my 3yr old’s school which is approximately about 4miles away. It was a good walk, though it was tiring since I haven’t done this in a long time now. It took me around 45 mins to get there, I rather hurried up so that I could pick her up and get back to the bus stop for the next bus timed around 5:39 a block away from her school.

Reached her school at 5:21pm and it took about 5 minutes get her out. She was also excited to go in bus for the first time. we walked down to the bus stop within about 6 minutes and waited for the bus. Although it arrived a couple of minutes late, he didn’t stop the bus. My daughter was disappointed for a moment that he didn’t stop but not realizing much, she just stayed with me. Now, with no choice, we walked back for another mile or so for another bus or perhaps walk down towards home for other 3 miles or my wife would meet us somewhere on the way if she noticed us on the way. Anyways, we got onto another bus after walking for a mile from her school and reached home.

I don’t know if it was me or the bus, and it was not a good experience with the bus today – well, I think things happen for good at times (a) I got to walk for 4+ miles today :) (b) noticed my 3yr old’s attitude – she remained calm and enjoyed a walk with me, I guess.

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6 Comments »

  1. Ram,

    Many times just when we are short of time, things go in a disarray. “Child is the father of man” isn’t it? Even I too have noticed that kids do not lose their temper like we do. I think we have acquired it over a period of time and kids pick it up from us.

    Radhika

    Comment by Radhika — September 11, 2008 10:19 pm @ 10:19 pm | Reply

  2. And best parents can give to their kids is TIME. With working parents generally kids are deprived of this while they have all other luxuries in life. But it’s our time is what they need. So your little one must have enjoyed the walk unlike a drive where you would be concentrating on traffic rules than listen to her talk :)

    Comment by Radhika — September 11, 2008 10:21 pm @ 10:21 pm | Reply

  3. @Radhika,
    thank you.
    My wife told me that when she was dropping our 3yr old at school, she told her mom it seems “amma, let’s not go in car, appa and I will take a bus and nakko bartheevi” [translation: mommy, let's not take the car. Daddy and I will take a bus or walk from the school]
    I was surprised that she walked that distance that we did. I was furious for that moment that the bus didn’t stop. (the next bust at that stop was going to be about 90minutes later). She certainly enjoyed a walk with me, and so did I, talking the baby talk and trying to answer as many of her “why’s” I could.

    and those Why’s continued in the bus too,
    a. why is he driving?
    b. why did that person get off the bus?
    c. He is using the computer, let’s open your computer too
    etc etc etc
    and she started saying her rhymes…

    Comment by Ram — September 11, 2008 11:08 pm @ 11:08 pm | Reply

  4. Yes Ram. Those are the finest and challenging moments of life to answer the child’s questions. Many times we will not have an answer! And I wonder how we all grew up not knowing it!!!
    So, the missed bus gave a chance to know that your little one likes to walk with her parents :)

    Comment by Radhika — September 12, 2008 1:47 am @ 1:47 am | Reply

  5. Kids do have good stamina than us I think!. We went to Coorg last year and we were climbing the hill near tala kaaveri. Some 300+ steps – we stopped in between but my daughter that time she was about 20 months – never stopeed in between – managed to climb without halting inbetween with my nephew and niece.

    Comment by Radhika — September 12, 2008 1:56 am @ 1:56 am | Reply

  6. @Radhika, regarding “managed to climb without halting inbetween with my nephew and niece” — I think kids get all the energy as long as they have good sleep and enough food. Additionally I have noticed the group dynamics when in among other kids of same/similar age group. I believe knowingly or unknowingly Team Work kicks in. :)

    Comment by Ram — September 26, 2008 9:50 am @ 9:50 am | Reply


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