My son is attending a summer day camp in a faraway place.
I drive him to catch a
shuttle worn-out-refurbished-schoolbus, which then takes him thirty or so minutes out of town, and across the state line.
Do you remember your kid’s first camp? I’ll see him again at the end of every day, but it’s hard on a mommy. ‘Cause when I sent him off his first day, I took a good look at that monster they call a “shuttle.”
And I wondered how come no one but me was noticing these things:
1. The bus is old.
2. It’s not like the school buses where the engine sticks out front as a protective barrier. Instead, it’s flat right up against the front of the bus: not much cushioning if there’s a head-on accident is what I’m saying.
3. I’m certain one of the tires was slightly flat.
4. It’s painted bright green and has lots of images on it of children having fun at camp. That is distracting to other drivers, who could then swerve and hit the bus.
5. Something was dripping from the bus.
6. The bus looked rusty. It could certainly fall apart at any moment, like when it’s going down the highway on the way to camp.
7.Also, there was chipped paint on it. If they’re not gonna take care of the outside, what could be wrong on inside?
8. There were a bunch of kids on the bus.
9. The bus has out-of-state license plates. Yes, the day camp is in another state. Whatever.
10. The windows on the bus can be opened.
11. The windows could also get stuck shut. What if there’s a roll-over accident and the kids need to get out?
12. The driver looks to be at least 42. He could have a heart attack at any moment.
13. The bus drove away with my son.
What’s wrong with your camp shuttle bus?