Wednesday, 02 November 2011
When I was growing up kids got to school in one of three ways. Either they walked, a parent drove them, or they took the bus. And yet, though all three students got to school the same, not all three students of these transportation techniques arrived at school the same student. Taking the bus creates a certain type of person. It shapes, and molds. It forms young minds and young spirits. Taking the bus is an integral part of creating a Real American.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, and yes, buses are smelly and dirty. And yes, that doesn’t help kids already struggling with body odor issues. But think of it this way: is life always clean and fragrant? Rarely, especially at my house. There’s a life lesson in that, and kids who wimp out and walk the 10 miles to school are going to miss it.
Life isn’t always pretty. I know that better than anybody. I’ve had to suffer nearly all my life with almost intolerable ugliness. Sometimes a paper bag is the only thing that gets me through the day. The bus teaches kids ways to cope with what they will eventually recognize is the almost unending misery of life in modern America.
Thanks to the rotting away of self-respect and independence in American culture over the past few decades, kids today will have little more than pain and suffering to look forward to. Their lives are going to be ones of hardship and suffering. Ones of trial and tribulations. It’s a jungle out there, and our kids need every advantage they can get.
I’ve had to suffer nearly all my life with almost intolerable ugliness.
That’s where riding the bus comes in. Think of it like one of those training camps they use for American soldiers before they send them to the Middle East to fight terrorism. The school bus, with its social inequality, stench, violence, rampant corruption, and all-around unpleasantness, is like a microcosm of wider society. Kids who go through that are going to come out of it better trained to deal with everyday life in the Greatest Nation in the World.
Really, the best thing you can do for your child these days is to make sure they ride the bus as a child. Miss the bus, turn out a wuss.