Light-hearted post in some ways but a bit of a societal indictment (or indictment on me maybe) in other ways...
THis morning I was driving home from taking ds to school when I saw 3 girls in dd's school uniform walking to school. THey were approximately 3 miles from school and had obviously missed the bus. They looked like year 7s and were all together and were not distressed. In fact they looked quite relaxed about it all. But they were clearly going to be over an hour late for school since this was already after school had started. After I'd driven past and noticed them I pulled up to think about what I could do.
I have drilled into my children that they are never every to get into a car with anyone they don't know (as has every other parent in the land) so although I look harmless and nice
I was pretty sure that they wouldn't agree to a lift with me. I thought I could ring the school, letting them know whose parent I am and what I was doing and then let them speak to the girls... But then I thought the school probably would not want to authorise them getting into a car with me (even knowing that I am safe and who I am and that I am driving them straight there) in case I had an accident and one of them was injured. The parents then might be very angry with school (and me).
So I did nothing. I drove home and sat there feeling guilty. Would one of you have been braver?!