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Riding the bus is a whole new world

When I was young, I rode the bus to school every day. I have plenty of mixed memories about that experience, and for anyone else who rode the bus I'm sure you do too!  I hear some kids can be really harsh about teasing those who ride the bus.  I didn't have that experience, but there certainly was a mini-social network at play on each bus. As I recall, it's almost like walking on to another planet when you step onto the bus. There are unwritten codes, rules and expectations that only the kids understand. The driver's focus is trying to deliver the "goods" safely to their destination while periodically looking in their special mirror to make sure there's no mayhem or fighting.

Overall, it was fine for me and it provided extra chit-chat time with friends.  However, I still remember plenty of drama and angst surrounding who sat with who; who sat in the front vs. the back; whether you got up and switched seats as the bus began to empty out, etc.  In fact, my biggest drama in grade school was that I had two friends who also rode the same bus, which was great. Unfortunately, my stop was the last, which was not-so-great.  When I climbed the steps onto the bus I would look to see if my two friends were already sitting in the same seat-which meant I had to sit alone or with someone else-or if they were sitting in separate seats which meant I had to choose-which was a fate close to death because it meant I had to CHOOSE and you know young girls, we read way more into that! 

I think riding the bus to school is an opportunity to figure out some of the unwritten rules of kid-world (i.e. the times when kids rule because there are no parents around) which can be beneficial to kids in the long run; but at the time it usually feels like a form of parental torture.   

I bring up riding the bus because I was following a bus to work yesterday, and with Macy's first day of school approaching my mind began to wander and revisit my own experience.  I know she has a few years before all of the social "stuff" starts happening on her bus-if at all-but I can't help wondering how it will go for her.

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