I am writing this post so that all other moms can feel better about themselves.
Today was early out for the Farmington school district. I had made arrangements for Noah to go home with a friend (which I had mentioned to Noah). I was at work in Bentonville which is about 35 minutes away from home. So I get a phone call which I don't pick up in time and it says I have a missed call from HOME. I call home immediately and Noah answers the phone. I could tell he was upset as soon as he answers the phone.
Mom - Noah what are you doing at the house.
Noah - I forgot and rode the bus home. sniff, sniff
Mom - Everything is okay (even though my heart is racing at this point). You did the right thing by calling me. I will call our friend right now and she will come get you. OK? It's going to be okay. Everything is okay.
Noah - sniff, sniff, OK
I call my friend immediately.
Mom - Did you remember Noah?
Friend - OOOOOOH. He wasn't in the car rider line.
Mom - He is at the house. He accidentally rode the bus home. I FORGOT to email his teacher to remind him to get in the car rider line. I told him you would come and get him right now
Friend - I am on my way.
I call Noah back
Mom - Noah. Mrs. Friend is on her way. Don't worry. Everything is okay. You did exactly what you were suppose to do. Are you OK?
Noah - sniff, sniff, I am Ok. Bye
So at this point I feel like the worst mom ever. We have talked to Noah and discussed what he would need to do if he ever got to the house and I wasn't home. Thank goodness!!!!!! We have never let Noah stay even for a little while by himself. He was a little freaked out. Okay I admit it, I was a little freaked out too. I apologized and apoligized and told him how proud we were of him for knowing what to do. He is such a smarty.
Noah - I can stay by myself now..........As long as you tell me you won't be there.
Later I listen to the message he left me on my phone.
"Mom, I am at home. Where are you at? Call me and let me know. This is Noah. Bye"