Current mood: happy
My son got a pleasant surprise in the mail yesterday: A certificate from his school praising his perfect attendance this semester. This heartens me two ways. Of course, I'm proud that he managed to do that.
But secondly, and to me just as important, he did this with no help from the family car. Because of my wife's work schedule, it was simply not possible to provide him with emergency shuttle service in case he missed a bus. Nor did he bum a ride from neighbors, that I am aware of.
No, he used the bus pass. I was stuck with using ride tickets, or cash, whenever I needed to use the bus -- hence my increased use of the bicycle the last couple of months. (Translation: It's too expensive for me to ride buses anymore, but that's an argument for a different blog.)
There is more to the story than that, though. Exactly once, I made an emergency delivery trip by bike to him at school. Back in high school, that was a much more frequent occurrence. I mention that not so much to praise his responsibility -- which is quite deserved -- but to point out that having a car handy makes it easier to be less responsible. How many car trips do we all make that fall in that category?
Simply put, having to rely on a bus system might make us all have to grow up a bit. It certainly seems to be working in my own house. Yay!