988406_565039846922270_34848742_n11-gusandbart2-300x2401-150x150-largeWalking was our main form of transportation when we were children. It was also a time when everyone walked to the store, school, the bus, the train, etc. as few people could afford an automobile. Today, in the United States almost everyone drives wherever they wish to go. Unless you lived way out in the country, children either walked or took the bus to school. Its sad that today, walking is out of style except for exercise. Also, you must be extremely careful where to walk due to crime. In Europe, everyone walks all the time. People try to live near schools, shopping, etc. as owning a car is costly and the gasoline is very expensive. Most of the children walk to school every day. I was very saddened by an article that Judge Ross sent to me yesterday. It involved a five year old boy who was jumped by three other boys when he exited the school bus. Why would these boys do this to a five year old? What could possibly have happened that would ever justify such action? What is worse is why didn’t the bus driver stop it? The mother of this young boy met her son at the bus stop and saw his face smashed, cuts and bruises and teeth chipped. What kind of example are the parents of the three bullies setting that made these boys feel justified in beating up a five year old? Its really depressing to see that bullying is so prevalent in today’s society. People have blamed the parents, television, video games, movies, etc. Its almost as if there is no respect for anyone anywhere. What would have happened if the boy’s mother wasn’t there to meet him at the school bus stop? If he had been walking home, would he have made it or would those three boys hurt him even further. This is very frustrating to me. I believe that both children and adults should treat each other with respect and if there isn’t a problem that can be solvedĀ  without violence, yelling, or intimidation. In all of the books in the Good Gus Series lending a helping hand is the underlying theme. How can we teach our children to be kind to one another when episodes such as the five year old occur? He has transferred to another school and hopefully this will never happen to him again. When you want to give your child or children examples of kindness and people helping people, please consider a book from the Good Gus Series.