Crazy Bus Stop Mom makes mornings fun
In between looking for her daughter's missing shoes, packing lunches, and checking the time, Candice Thompson was tying on her Ninja Turtles headband and strapping on her plastic shell.
"I've got a special one for them today," Thompson said on Thursday morning.
She wasn't preparing for a costume party.
Thompson was getting ready for the bus stop.
Since last April, on school days, Thompson has worn a costume each morning to see her two youngest daughters off to school.
"She's crazy. This is a day at the bus stop. She always does it," said Leyla Thompson, 9.
"She dresses up like a crazy person. I like it," said Alexis Thompson, 6. "She makes it fun to go to school."
Candice knows her audience. She doesn't bother dressing up for her middle school student.
She knows it would be unwelcome. "I don't want to embarrass her," said Thompson. "I'm not out to embarrass them."
She first introduced her alter ego "Crazy Bus Stop Mom", in April. She works two hours a day as a general assistant in the cafeteria at Bainbridge Elementary. She started dressing for the bus stop, where as many as five buses pass by her Craigtown Road home, so the students would see her being silly.
"It turned into a big game. I talk to the kids at lunch and ask them what I was wearing (at the bus stop)," said Thompson.
She picks up costume props everywhere. A recent trip to I-95 Safety Day netted her a hot dog to wear on her head. She's been Supergirl, Lady Gaga, and much more. She plans the outfits in advance to save time.
"I like seeing them smile. People have told me I make them laugh and I make their day," said Thompson.
Last week, she added dance and music to the costume.
Cheryl Macomber is a fellow bus stop mom. "I'm always anxious to see what she's wearing. I love it. I wouldn't do it but I like to watch it," said Macomber.
William Moulder sustained an injury and recently became a bus stop dad. "She's wonderful. She has made it easier to be a dad. I look forward to seeing what she's wearing," said Moulder.
"I love her. I think it's wonderful. She makes us smile," said Bus stop mom Shelia French.
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