My sister had to walk home

@jessi0887 (2794)
United States
December 12, 2008 7:49am CST
The school bus stop is about a half of a mile from our house. Usually one of our neighbors picks my sister up and drops her off at our house. She wasn't there yesterday. My sister had to walk home. It was in the thirty's. The wind was making it seem colder. I felt so bad. My mom and i work so we both can't pick her up. She said that people kept driving by and not offering to give her a ride. We live on a small road so we know just about everybody down there. I can't see why anyone would not offer a nine year old a ride to the house in the freaking cold.
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@camomom (7537)
• United States
17 Dec 08
I hate to say it but they may not have offered due to fear. There are so many people that do bad things and unfortunately there are kids that will lie and say that bad things happened to them when in fact it never happened. I'm sure yur sister is a good kid but sometimes it's hard to tell. I probably wouldn't offer unless I was a close family friend. You never know what could happen. I feel bad that she had to walk all that way in the cold.
@djmarion (4903)
• Philippines
13 Dec 08
people sometimes are really insensitive or preoccupied to even look around and see who among their neighbors are needing help. any of the two may fit your neighbors attitude. a nine year old kid should have been offered a ride, it won't make a lot of hassle to just stop for a while to fetch her and drop her off to the house. it will be a small good samaritan act.
• United States
13 Dec 08
It's good to know she got home ok but it being cold and all yes I feel her pain for I work to work every night in the freezing cold and home in the morning when it's even colder brrr.... so yes I can imagine how your little sister felt. You say that you live on a small road and know everyone why wouldn't anyone give her a ride to the house. Yes it's a nice thought but you really can't trust anyone anymore on getting into a car with them not even children even if you know them. I Do hope her ride dosn't do this to her again and she can get rides to the house.
• New Zealand
13 Dec 08
I know EXACTLY how that is. I feel her pain, I had to do exactly that pretty much every day for two years, wind, cold, rain. Give her my regards.
@LCHBheart (167)
• Singapore
13 Dec 08
Instead of walking home, your sister could ask a teacher to send her home instead. It's not good to accept rides from strangers as they could be kidnappers or worse. Half a mile is not too bad, just make sure that she has a good jacket in tow.
@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
13 Dec 08
I used to walk a mile and a half to school, and the same distance back, every school day, in all kinds of weather, and it was uphill both ways. It made a man out of me, and a woman out of my sister. In those days people didn't even dream of School Buses. When it got 20* below Zero, and a wind, my dad would come for us kids with horses and sleigh. He had a old buffalo robe on the sleigh to throw over us. This would keep us from freezing on the way home. Once, on the way to school after a downpour, we fell into a washout on the road and nearly drowned. A neighbor who lived nearby saw us and rushed over and pulled us out of the waterhole. We were wet but otherwise unhurt.
• United States
13 Dec 08
Please don't blame other people to what happened to your sister. Remember we as the family has the sole responsibility. It's a good thing nothing happened to your sister. What if something happened? Who will be blamed then? Your neigbors or you? I just hope you made sure she has a jacket, gloves and hat to keep her warm so that even if she's walking she will be all right. I do wrap up my kids well early in the morning since its getting a little bit cold nowadays. You can watch the weather channel to make sure she is dressed up appropriately. Take care.
@msmargo (362)
• United States
13 Dec 08
Really. What's wrong with your neighbors? I know it's a different time, but when I was going to school in the fifties and the sixties, I always walked. The distance was in excess of one half mile and it was California. It should be good to know that your sister did get home safe and sound. Maybe making sure she has proper outter wear for the future would be something to look at.
@carolbee (16243)
• United States
12 Dec 08
Am glad she got home ok. Maybe in a sense it was safer she walked. So many terrible things are happening all over and all it would take is one bad person to offer her a ride. I know you felt bad for her. We live in a big city and the crime rate is right up there with the other big cities. Think I would rather see my kids walk home than get a ride with a stranger. Our kids are now grown so those days are over with for me. Our grandkids are too young to attend school but once they do, am sure I will have concerns, Happy holidays, carolbee