Friday, August 03, 2007

School's In


Keeping us safe on the way to school


At School


And all the way home


I think the big military man crossing guards are odd in a futuristic war movie kind of way, but I do appreciate them. I'm embarrassed to admit this, but one day last year they saved John's life.

John was riding in the jogging stroller, while Emily and Sydney were riding their bikes. As we crossed the intersection in the above picture, Emily had some trouble getting her bike up onto the curb. I let go of the stroller and turned to give Emily's bike a boost up. While my back was turned, John's stroller rolled backwards off the sidewalk, bumped down the curb, and kept on rolling into the street.

I didn't notice, but the crossing guard did! He ran across the street, swooped up the stroller from middle of the road out of the direct path of a zooming white van, and held onto it for me until my hands were free. (bad mom award) When I thanked him, he said (you won't believe me, but he really did say this:) "Just doing my job, ma'am."

19 comments:

Deanne said...

Wow, what a heart-stopping story! I am amazed at what the crossing guard said. How kind he was to not berate you in any way. Kudos to him! And by the way...your not a bad mom, these things happen and it is not a reflection on your role as a mother. From your blog, I gather that you are an awesome mom and I wanna be like you when I grow up! *hugs* :)

txmommy said...

wow! chalk another one up for our men in uniform.

Anne Bradshaw said...

So scary. But just an accident, not your fault. You were doing your best. What a blessing that guard was there.

nikko said...

Wow. What great crossing guards you have!

Tori :) said...

How cool is that?? Don't feel bad. I let go of the grocery cart on the way out of W@lmart to pick up something that fell off the bottom. The cart, with Livie in it, rolled on out into traffic. A man ran after it and pushed it out to my car for me. And, um, there were A LOT of witnesses...

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

What a hero! He's pretty handsome too!

I love the first day of school photos! Cutie kiddos!

Mary said...

What awesome crossing guards. "Just doing my job ma'am" haha! I wonder if the guards think, "Did I sign up for the army to do this?" I bet it beats Iraq any day though!

That last picture is cute with the soldier guy smiling and little John walking with his boxers hanging from his little shorts :)

No Cool Story said...

"Just doing my job, ma'am."
So, I got a little teary eyed.

Elizabeth-W said...

did I miss something? Why is school starting now? Are you on year-round?

Carrot Jello said...

Wow, how cool is the whole army guy crossing guard? We need one of those, only because we live in a bad neighborhood.

Terina said...

i believe it. but it still gave me a warm fuzzy.

utmommy said...

Those men in uniform are wonderful!! Glad he wa there!

JoyceMcB said...

I'm sure glad the crossing guard was there to help you Wendy. John looks so grown up now in the pictures. And so do the girls. Our school starts on the 21st. Where did the summer go? And we don't get a month off at Christmas either. Love, mom

Mrs.Field's Cookies said...

well thank goodness for the cross guard- good job wendy! i agree with mom all the kids look so grown up! p.s. where is Hannah? too cool for school i presume.

Sketchy said...

That's terrifying! Glad they are there keeping you safe. I've had a runaway grocery cart incident that was similar, so don't feel too bad!

Suzanne said...

That is such a cool story! It's nice to know that there are such stand up guys still in the world.

I'm still working on your burpcloths. You haven't given up on me yet, have you? :)

Donna Boucher said...

Why school so early?

Amanda said...

That is so scary! Luckily the crossing guard was there. Once at Walmart when Megan was brand new the twins were hanging on the grocery cart and managed to flip it over. Luckily Megan was strapped in her carseat and was unharmed, but I was SOOOOO embarassed. I was right in front of the pharmacy and man I've never seen so many people move so fast to come help.

Annie said...

Hot Fruita Mom says, "That crossing guard is hot."