Have you ever had crosswalk duties?

school crosswalk duties in the cold - Crosswalk duties in my son's school.
@bounce58 (17550)
Canada
December 9, 2009 11:47am CST
So, I was volunteered to do crosswalk duties in front of my son's school today. I only did it for 30 minutes or so, but the temperature was below freezing. I knew this because my toes, inside my socks, inside my shoes felt numb. The thing that struck me though was how warm everybody was! People kept waving at me, some giving me the thumbs up sign. I think I did a lot more waving, than flashing the stop sign to let children walk. So instead of remembering how cold and miserable I was, I keep thinking of the pleasant surprise of how friendly everybody was. Have you ever had crosswalk duties? Is everybody at where you at, as friendly as the people in my son's school?
5 responses
@jewels49 (1784)
• United States
9 Dec 09
No crosswalks where I live bounce. No stoplights either..we do have a flashing red light. We do have kids, but they are all bussed to our schools out of town. People should have been friendly to you, you were the one freezing to keep their little ones safe, they were headed for warmer ground. I'm teasing you of course, sounds to me like you ended your morning with a real sense of community. That we do have here in our little town and yes I love it when I run errands and run into, talk to, or wave to the people I share it with. I am glad your day started out on such a positive note, I hope that feeling carries you through the rest of it. See ya after the game tonight I'm sure..We play St Louis
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
9 Dec 09
...they were headed for warmer ground... Actually, I think most of them weren't headed anywhere, as I saw a lot of mums and dads wearing coats over their pajamas. I think they were headed back to bed after the chore of driving the kids to school. Yes, I am glad that my day started on a positive note. It certainly washed away the stench of last night's loss to the Preds! Goodluck with the Blues!
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
9 Dec 09
What if they break down in their pyjamas? I've never driven to school like that, guaranteed it would be the day the headmaster would fancy a chat when he saw the car.
@jewels49 (1784)
• United States
9 Dec 09
you and I think alike Thea..always having to consider what is the worst thing that could happen. That is exactly why I have never gone to school in pjs. bounce I can imagine that you did have a bad taste in your mouth this morning..if I could judge by the highlights, it was not a pretty game. Thanks, I hope the blues are feeling their name when we are done. You should wear more socks and do crosswalk duty more often..I think you have a little "bounce" in your step today.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
9 Dec 09
Hi bounce, is that the same as being a lollipop lady?
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
9 Dec 09
Yup! But, I was more like a popsicle dude, as I was freezing my butt off!
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
9 Dec 09
So does that confirm the unanswered question I left somewhere else, as a popsickle dude you must be a man????
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
9 Dec 09
Oh yes! I meant to answer that question in one of the discussions. But to be precise, a small boy in an old guy's body! Well, actually, I think I can still pass off as fresh out of high school
@maezee (27829)
• United States
28 Dec 09
That's awesome of you! That must be what you were talking about in my discussion, volunteering for your son's school. Good for you! Back in elementary school..So easily about 12 years ago, it was seen as the "cool thing" to "volunteer" the duty of being a Cross Walk kid. We'd get these bright orange flag things, and would instruct other kids our age when to walk. I was never any good at it, though, so eventually I *quit*. lol. But it's nice that so many people were grateful & friendly with you, because standing in snow and getting frostbite seems like a pretty big sacrifice to make.
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
29 Dec 09
No only that, this year I also had to do clean ups after the parent-teacher social night. I think they had a show and some casino-style gambling. Anyway, I had to go to the school the following day, and cleaned up their mess. It was ok, as I met and talked to other parents too.
• United States
9 Dec 09
I have never had these duties but your story makes me smile. Just shows how a little human kindness can go so far. It's infectious. A person's smile really can warm your heart, huh?
@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
9 Dec 09
Oh yes! It did restore my faith on human kindness. Sometimes you just don't know where it will come.
@jewels49 (1784)
• United States
24 Dec 09
Thanks bounce!!