I got behind a school bus on the way home today. My first thought was, GREAT! It was a mistake to come this way today. What a silly fool I was to think it was a mistake. Have you seen a child get off a school bus lately? They are happy and EXCITED about going home.
I watched as one little girl about 5 or 6 years old got off the bus to her little sister running across the yard to meet her. Mom and Dad stood on the front porch watching as the two girls embraced in a hug of love. The two girls joined hands and ran across the yard to greet Mama and Daddy with big smiles.
Another little boy seemed to fly off the bus. When his feet hit the ground, he was already in a run for the front door, backpack flapping his back. What waited on the other side of the door? Mama with an afternoon snack of homemade cookies and cold whole milk? An older sibling who would let him play video games for a little while before Daddy gets home? A ball game with the other boys from the neighborhood? Whatever activity was planned for the afternoon, the little boy’s excitement showed in his speedy race for the door.
I was in a hurry this afternoon, too. I was not sitting on the edge of my seat with the excited anticipation of hitting the ground running when the bus stopped, though. When did life become all work and no play? I believe it is time to ride the bus home and hit the ground running again. October is National Walking month, and I have already signed up for the national walking program at www.walktober.com. I am determined to hit the ground running in the afternoons and walking at least 30 minutes every afternoon. This is a good time to listen to the birds! What is it they are saying to me? Did I hear a chirping song of “It’s Time to Catch the Bus?”