I was actually awake on time this morning, so after my shower I decided to go sit on the porch and eat breakfast. From my porch I can see to the end of my street, which also happens to be the back corner of my entire neighborhood - it's pretty much the opposite corner of the neighborhood from the front entrance.
I saw the school bus round the corner and start to drive down my street. At this point, the school bus was roughly 2/10ths of a mile away. The bus picked up a kid, then turned on the next corner.
As I ate, a group of about 5 kids came running from one of the streets that run perpendicular to my street. I laughed to myself a little, thinking they missed the bus, but then they all congregated on a driveway 4 houses away from mine. "Surely there aren't two bus stops on my 2/10ths of a mile street," I thought. But, there the kids waited. Since the bus had really loud brakes, I could hear it all over the place, and I was certain they could hear it too, so they would've known they missed the bus.
Then, a girl walked out and waited at the end of her driveway, 2 houses down from where the other group of kids was standing. I figured she just didn't want to wait near the other kids, which seemed pretty logical since she was 14-ish and these kids were probably no more than 8. I thought once the bus came, she'd walk her too-cool self a few hundred feet and get on the bus with the other kids.
I was wrong. As I finished off my cereal, I watched as the bus rounded the corner, picked up the girl, then drove 2 houses down to pick up the group of kids.
What. The. Hell.
Back in my day *bones creaking* I had to walk about half a mile to my bus stop. My bus stop was the elementary school, and all the kids within a half-mile of the school had to walk there. Hoosiers are not well known for their fitness, don't get me wrong - we are a largely German people and we truly enjoy our sausage and beer. Have things really changed so much in the 15 or so years since I rode the bus? Or was I the exception to the rule that kids can't walk more than a few hundred feet to their bus stops?
Since I was so stunned by this, I went to that back corner and drove to the front of my neighborhood - it was exactly half a mile. You're telling me that kids can't walk half a mile in a very safe, thoroughfare-free neighborhood to get to the bus stop?
There should be, at most, 2 bus stops in my neighborhood. One at the front entrance, one at the back corner. At most. It makes nary a lick of sense to have one stop every 300 feet, wasting a ton of gas (hello, fleecing taxpayers!!) and a ton of time. These kids could probably sleep an extra half hour if they didn't have to wait for the bus to pick up nearly every individual kid in the neighborhood.
Am I wrong here?
4 weeks ago