Wednesday, August 15, 2012

What Do You Think?

Since my job moved further away from where I live, I have been trying to find the best time to leave for work to avoid traffic at the 4 -way stops. Trying to find the best route to avoid school buses. There has been no solution except grin and bear it.

This morning I saw that school bus coming toward me.  Yup, we would meet just in time for the bus to slow and put out the stop sign.  I noticed 3 kids waiting at the side of the road, waiting to cross in front of me. I glanced at the bus driver who gave the kids the thumbs up, which was their sign it was safe to cross the road. I waited patiently for the door to close and the stop sign to be pulled in giving me the OK to proceed. As I slowly started to move forward, I glanced at the bus driver again. She blew me a kiss and gave me a little wave. I don't know why, but the entire event brought tears to my eyes and I can't figure out why. Stopping for a school bus and patiently waiting is second nature for me. Heck, driving the kids to school over the years, I've made plenty of these stops.  I wonder why this event on this day was so emotional for me. What do you think?


  1. I think you just appreciated being shown that someone noticed your patience. We all like to feel appreciated and noticed some times.

  2. Do you realize how many people do NOT follow the rules? Who speed in school zones? Are oblivious to the precious children on their way to school? You participated in a perfectly orchestrated scenario and played your part to perfection. The other supporting actor, the bus driver, blew you a kiss of appreciation. Because of you two working silently as a team, the three stars arrived safely! Oscars all around! hugs, c

  3. I agree with all of the above thoughts, but the tears? Must be more to those. I'm guessing perhaps it was related to your own children and bygone days. I feel that one of life's cruelest, yet necessary, realities is that our children grow up.That leaves a hole in our hearts, our babies are no longer in our lives in the same way. Of course, we wouldn't want it any other way, but if only those years hadn't flown by so fast!

  4. I wish I had something else to add, but pretty much everyone else has said it. Sometimes random acts of kindness, on both sides, can make us a little emotional.

  5. I was thinking the same as the girls above.Seeing how people can be kind to one another and show appreciation is really amazing!

  6. I think it was her way of showing you that she appreciated you. There are a lot of people who just don't follow the rules when a bus is stopped. You probably felt like crying because she made a kind gesture towards you and it made you feel good and reminded you that there are good people out there. You are a good person Carol.:) Thx for stopping by my PPF. Sorry if I don't stop in as often but I try not to be online so much. Limiting my time to Wed. and Fri. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

  7. Aww, what a sweet post.

    Not sure about the tears. Maybe you remembered yourself as a little kid at their age. Carefree, going off to school to learn skills to take them through adulthood.

    And you, thinking about retirement. Where does the time go? It flies right by. Right before our eyes.

    Hope the rest of your day was tearfree. :D

  8. I think it was the sincere appreciation that the bus driver sent your way.

    So often people are in robot mode. A cashier absent-mindedly says "Have a nice day.", or a shopper half-heartedly holds a mall door open for you. There's barely even eye contact, sometimes.

    In this case though, it sounds as if the bus driver was fully engaged in her own responsibilities (as she should *always* be), but was also very aware and appreciative of your patient cooperation. To blow a kiss of gratitude was exceedingly sweet of her. No wonder it brought tears to your eyes. A fleeting moment of connection between two strangers can be a very beautiful thing.

  9. I agree with all the comments above, I think a lot of little things adding up.
    This year is different though, it's been a year of changes and even little moments have great impact.

  10. Hmmm. This situation would have brought me to tears by the sheer beauty and delight of children going to school, their promise of a better tomorrow, their eagerness to learn, and the fact that we all go to great lengths to love and protect them. Children are beautiful and beauty often brings me to tears...not for a sad reason but out of pure joy.

    I hope this is the reason you had your tears...pure joy for life.

    xoxo Susan

  11. So much of a hurried lifestyle makes most people impatient and most people don't take time to show just a little kindness in this tough old world. You got kindness shock! A wonderful thing go happen now days!

  12. Oh Carol, how sweet this post is! Just reading about it made my nose know how that goes, it's just the start of your eyes tearing up! :) I think she was just so appreciative of how patient you were, and that's how she showed you. Your tears were probably a reaction to her unexpected show of gratitude. xo Paulette :)

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  14. Hello Carol,

    I think your many friends have given all good reason for those tears. I agree that it was mutual appreciation for each other the years. Also Nostalgia reasons. Hugs Judy


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