Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Waiting for the School Bus

I saw something yesterday morning that made me smile. As I drive to work each weekday, I pass several school bus stops. The normal group waiting is a grumpy-looking, slightly disheveled bunch of grade-schoolers, sometimes accompanied by a more disheveled-looking mom in sweats or a bathrobe.

Yesterday was no different....until I got to the last bus stop that I pass before getting on the Interstate. There two little girls had used sidewalk chalk to draw a hopscotch board and were happily passing the time until their bus arrived.

A wave of nostalgia passed over me and made me smile. In today's world of grade schoolers carrying cell phones and insisting on the latest in XBox/Nintendo/Whatever'sNewestThisWeek, it warmed by heart to see these two young ladies entertained by nothing more than a piece of chalk and a small stretch of sidewalk.

When I passed the bus stop today, a steady rain had everyone huddled under umbrellas, but the memory of that game of hopscotch the day before still made me smile.

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