If my toddler could talk: our morning commute

Travel / Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Me: [Puts on the baby carrier]

Popple: [Raises her hands] Up up up up up!

Me: Okay, let’s go up! Are you ready to go outside?

Popple: OUTSIDE? I love the outside! [Kicks her legs wildly]

Me: Okay, let’s go wait for the bus!

Popple: I love buses!

Me: I know! Buses are your favourite.

[Walk across the street and stand at the bus stop]

Popple: Where is this bus you were telling me about?

Me: It’s coming, I promise. Let’s watch the cars go by while we’re waiting.


Me: Yes, trucks are good, aren’t they?

Popple: But where is the bus?

Me: The bus will be here soon. Look! [Points to our reflection in a car window] Who’s that?

Popple: [Smiles and kicks her feet] IT’S ME! I’M IN THAT CAR!

Me: Yes you are! Isn’t that exciting?

Popple: But…

Me: I know, I know. You want the bus. The bus is a few minutes late today.

Popple: I want to get down now.

Me: You can’t get down. The bus isn’t here yet.

Popple: But I want to go pick up that shiny thing.

Me: That shiny thing is a piece of broken glass. It’s pointy and it will hurt you.

Popple: I’m just going to go get it. [Starts squirming]

Me: No no no, you’re staying right here. Look – here comes our bus!


[Get on the bus and sit down]

Me: Isn’t this great? We’re on the bus!

Popple: I want to get off now.

Me: But…

Popple: I WANT TO GET OFF! [Flails and screams at the top of her lungs]

Me: Here’s a rice cake.

[Popple stuffs it into her mouth. Finishes it.]


Me: Here’s a rice cake.

[Continue to ply her with rice cakes for the next 30 minutes until we arrive in town.]

Me: Okay, this is our stop. Time to get off the bus.

Popple: [Waves wildly at the bus as it departs] Bye bye bus! Bye bye! I love you!

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29 Replies to “If my toddler could talk: our morning commute”

  1. Haha, I was hoping there would be some singing on the bus too – like the wheels on the bus go round and round. My two love the bus too, I on the otherhand am not a fan. Probably because my two are like Popple in that as soon as they get on they start shouting “are we there yet?”

  2. Brilliant – love this. Spot on, my little one loves the bus too and likes to stand on the seat while shouting loudly as cars go by (I think these are happy shouts but I’m not sure)…xx #puddinglove

  3. Haha, this made me chuckle 😊 You’re brave catching the bus, I can’t face buses even if I don’t have a child with me! Always get on the wrong one, never have the right money, never have a rice cake to entertain me! #PuddingLove

  4. I vaguely remember my daughter all excited to get on a klddie roller coaster ride at Disneyland and then screaming her head off the ENTIRE ride. I could’t imagine the confined space of a bus that happening on. #fartglitter :))

  5. Every journey we’ve ever taken. My tot has been asking to ‘sitting on the airplane’ for the last three days. I guess he’s forgotten our last plane trip last Sunday during which he screamed continuously for an hour.


  6. Ha ha! They only get funnier when they can actually talk, my 4-year-old comes out with some great stuff. I quite often do the inner monologue of my 14-month-old though, helps me through the day. There is only so many times I can translate enthusiastic pointing and the word “urrghh” #bigpinklink

  7. I am glad I am not the only one who resorts to food for silence in public! I find public transport travel stressful so I salute you for doing! #bigpinklink

  8. My 2 tweenagers love the bus too, it’s all spotting this, noticing that, 20 questions about the route, destination and time of journey! such a joy but I do like having a ‘high up’ nose in peoples gardens!! #fartglitter

  9. Do you live in Glasgow?? I recognized it right away from the tiny picture. I’m from Glasgow and miss it lots! I always find bribery with snacks is essential when out and about with the little people #bigpinklink

  10. I am yet to attempt this but we have done trains. Instead we point out all the buses, bikes, lorries, tractors etc on our car journeys. Much less stressful I imagine. #chucklemums

  11. Bwahahaha…I love this! Too funny. I would imagine my youngest would be the same as he would immediately demand to get off the minute we got on. #bigpinklink

  12. Ahaha I love it! So funny. Not got on a bus with TM before actually, as we live a 15 minute walk from town and have to drive anywhere else so it’s walking or cars for us! I wish we knew what they were trying to say, funny little urchins. #bigpinklink

  13. Hehehe I can picture your daily commute so well. I am impressed popple will sit for 30 minutes mine would be running up and down the bloody thing. #bigpinklink

  14. The actual talk is so much crazier!
    “Daddy my arms are transforming and catching the cars!” Etc
    It must be so odd for toddlers seeing our world and not knowing what on earth is going on. 😁

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