The final bell at the elementary school rings at 3:30 pm.
I have a new vocal student scheduled for Fridays at 3:00 pm at my house. This means that while the lesson will be officially over at 3:30 pm, it won't be totally finished until around 3:35 pm.
Therefore, yesterday was the first day that Bria and Chloe walked home alone.
I've been preparing them for it all week long: Letting them walk ahead of me so I could watch their street crossing skills, leaving a little later to pick them up each day so they would be forced to meet me outside instead of at their classrooms, and constantly reminding them that Friday was the big day to walk home all by themselves.
Now, I may be making a bigger issue of it than I should since the school is less than two blocks away and I can see it perfectly from my front yard. But, they still have to cross two streets and I am a mom, so naturally, I worried about it.
There was no way I was going to just sit in the house and hope they made it home in one piece, so after my voice lesson left, Sophie and I went outside and waited (yes, her diaper is leaking!):
The first thing we saw when we came out was our little next door neighbor girl, who is in Chloe's Kindergarten class. She proudly announced to me that she had walked home alone. When I asked her if her mommy knew that she was walking home alone she said, "No. I'll just tell her....it'll be a surprise!"
She must have been super fast because my other neighbor who was supposed to have picked her up frantically drove up about 5 minutes later and we were still waiting (although now we could see Bria and Chloe coming):
Sophie was thrilled to see her big sisters, and the feeling was definitely mutual (you can also see in this picture how ridiculously close we live to the elementary school):
The schoolgirls who made it home safely:
Now I just need to decide if I'm going to let them do this every day, or only Fridays. What do you think?