Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Erik decided over the weekend that he wants to walk to and from school! Of course, he's only 6. There's a busy street to cross outside of the school zone, so many drivers are eve exceeding the 30mph limit. No way is he going to do THAT real soon.
But I told him we could start practicing so that he'd be ready to do more and more of it as he wants to. So yesterday, when we got to the top of the hill, I could see the crossing guard. It's the same busy street as we crossed earlier, so they hire an adult for it. Unfortunately, Fulton is very walker-friendly in terms of having sidewalks just about everywhere you go. Often, though, they're only on one side of the street, and that's the case here. So we have to cross twice. I told him to go on ahead and let Mr. Fisher help him across. He did, but he kept looking back to make sure I was still there. So cute - not quite as ready to walk by himself as he thought. This morning, though, he just kept going.
And yesterday, I told the adult supervising the kids who are waiting for pick-up about how he's going to be learning to walk by himself. For awhile, I'll check in with her and wait on the far side of the parking lot. The school is set well back from the street, with a walkway from the parking lot down to Mr. Fisher. So that will be the next step, waiting with him.
Of course, Erik is oh-so-proud of himself.
But Nana is
Just on the inside, of course. I'm really proud of him too, and I DO want him to grow up. Just not yet!