This afternoon I walked down and met my kids halfway on their walk home from school! Passed the bullies on the way and we all gave each other the evil eye.
S and B were bubbling over to see me!
HI MAMAAAAAAAA! What a nice surprise! Hey, and you're the second person looking out for us today!
Oh really? Who was the other person?
We'd noticed Y's dad following us, but when we turned around he stepped behind some bushes!
This was the dad who scared off the bullies yesterday and brought S and B home. I just called his house to thank him-- his wife laughed when I told her I think he's wonderful, and said she thought so too.
She also said that there's another mother who's noticed these kids bothering smaller children on the way home, and we've all decided to report every incident to the parents and the school. This is the first time in a while that I've felt empowered about the whole situation...
Maybe there is hope for the world?