Dogs on the Bus- Finding small ways to relax your nerves

by Meri on October 31, 2012

So, this morning was one of those mornings. You know the kind, when events occur that you couldn’t possibly imagine, sending you into a tail spin. I had one of those mornings with that cute fellow in the picture being the instigator.

Birdie qualifies for a special preschool because of some communication delays and she takes the bus a few days a week. As reluctant as I was of this whole bus situation she absolutely loves it and on many days doesn’t want to get off. Today wasn’t one of those days. She was very focused playing with her police car in the playroom when the bus arrived. Enthusiastically I said, “Birdie, it’s time to go to school, the bus is here!” She wasn’t interested so I had to coax her out the door. While I’m trying to calm her down and get her out to the bus Mr. insists on watching the bus from the front door. “Ok, ok” as I try to get Birdie down the driveway hoping to improve her mood a bit.

Then, I look up and see him. My 85-pound lab Finn is leaping through the front door knocking into Mr. and bounding into the front yard. The only thought in my mind was this…”oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no”. He leaps onto the bus greeting the surprised bus driver and running to the back trying to lick these poor small toddlers, wag his tale and join the party. Mr. is at the front door yelling in a frenzy, “FINN’S ON THE BUS MOMMY!!!!”. “I know honey, I know”. My thoughts are racing, are any of these kids terrified of dogs? Do any of them have allergies? He is a big excited lab so I’m rapidly looking at all the kids faces hoping I see smiles. I can see the kind-hearted bus driver is thinking the same thing. Thank goodness I don’t hear or see any fearful kids.

Meanwhile, Birdie takes this opportunity to run back into the house to resume playing with her car. The bus driver is now quite late. Finn is not getting off the bus and I’m wishing desperately that I had some beef jerky in my pocket. My dog is loving, sweet, very gentle but obstinate.  Food is pretty much the only thing that might deter him from making friends on the bus.

With some strong commands, I finally get him off the bus, herd him back inside and carry a crying Birdie out to the bus. I settle her in the bus seat and conjure up “Zen mommy”. You know that kind, compassionate, calm mommy that you sometimes manage to pull out of a hat even though your insides are on adrenaline overdrive. Calmly and zen-like I say, “Birdie, it’s going to be a great day I just know it!”, handing her the car. “You can bring this to school with you!” She’s not thrilled but slumps in her seat and starts playing with her car. Bus driver is now able to go about 15 minutes late.

Parenthood brings crazy moments to your life so it’s good to be prepared to take of yourself. For me, I’m on my second cup of tea hoping it will calm my nerves. Emerging research shows that different amounts of L-theanine can provide an alert calming effect and decrease anxiety. That’s precisely what I need right now. Cheers to an exciting morning and the never ending surprise experiences of parenting!

Happy Halloween! Can’t wait to see what adventures tonight will bring.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Marcia October 31, 2012 at 7:31 pm

You’re a great mom.


Meri November 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Thanks! I’m still learning how to deal with the chaos of parenting!


Alison Donnelly October 31, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Too funny!!! I needed this post today Meri – thanks for sharing. Hi to Mark for me.


Meri November 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm

We miss you! Come visit soon!


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