For those who have attended public school at some point in their lives, it was hard to avoid riding the school bus. Even if you were picked up and brought home by a parent every day of the year, you still had to get on that bus for field trips or some extracurricular activities.
Many people hated the school bus: waiting forever when it was late, worrying about missing it, putting up with immature kids doing any number of odd things, being stuck on the bus in the boiling heat or the freezing cold, and getting stuck on the bus when it happened to break down on the road.
But the school bus was always interesting. Some days, getting on the school bus and watching everyone was like being the live audience of a sitcom or a soap opera. There was the kid who drew all over the seats in permanent marker, the guy who threw his soda out the window and splashed it all over the side of the bus, the guy who flung a firecracker out the window and almost hit a passing car, the girls who got into a catfight, the tearful breakups, that couple in the back who always made out, the kid who’d kick the back of your seat, and the bus driver who drove right along the route – utterly oblivious to the chaos going on behind her.
Kudos to the bus drivers. You put up with so much – and you deserve to be paid a whole lot more.
And kudos to all those strange people who made me laugh (and irritated me to no end) during those years of public school.
So… do you have any school bus stories? 🙂