Until a week ago, I thought “The Wheels on the Bus” was a song about a school bus. I grew up in a small town, and we didn’t have public busses, and it genuinely never occurred to me in all this time that the song wasn’t about the big yellow school bus I rode all through my early education years.
Did I think it was odd there were babies on the bus? No, there were kindergarteners on my bus that went “waa waa waa” all through the town. Did I think it was odd there were mommies on the bus, going “hush hush hush”? Maybe a little, but since the version I’ve always sung also has monkeys on the bus (going “more bananas!”) and some other occupants you won’t see on a city bus either, it all seemed normal.
I’m not proud it took me this long to realize it, but there you have it. Parenting. You learn something new every day, even if it is something blindingly obvious.