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Helicopter Bus Stops?

8 Jun

I found myself behind a school bus today while out driving, which is always a slow drive and to be expected, but this bus stopped at every house in the neighborhood. At least that’s what it seemed like. Drive ten feet…stop. Two more houses…stop. A few more houses…and…stop.

Gee, I know these were grammar school kids but can’t they all walk through their own neighborhoods…at all…any more? One stop in the middle of the neighborhood, everyone get off and then walk down the street to your own home? No?

Even all of the parents were waiting outside of their own respective houses for their own respective children. Couldn’t they all gather at one central location? If they were afraid to let their children walk 100 yards through their own residential neighborhood? Wouldn’t the exercise, as little as it would be,  at least do everyone some good?

Is the world that dangerous now? In suburbia even?

I can hear my parents now exhorting us about how they would have to walk 5 miles to school each day when they were young…and uphill both ways! Even when I was a kid buses wouldn’t pick you up if you lived within 2 miles of school, so some parents would actually drive their children to school, rather than let them walk all that way. It was scandalous! But still most children did their own walking. Crossing guards would get you to the side of main street that your neighborhood was on…then it was up to you to wend your way, on foot, up hill and over dale to your own driveway and house.

Now? It’s hop off the bus and the Play Station is only one lawn away! Hooray for modern times!

I know I’m old now…but does this happen where you live too? And is it a positive trend…or just too much of a good thing?

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