It's 8 a.m. and parents and their elementary school students start to trickle to the bus stop at the corner at the end of my street. The kids are toting their lunch boxes and backpacks and the parents, large cups of steaming coffee.
It's the same scene morning after morning, but it's a scene I have come to love.
While the girls greet each other with smiles and chatter, the boys throw their backpacks to the wind to get in a quick game of chase before the bus arrives. Moms and dads dish the neighborhood gossip, chat about an issue at the school, or talk about weekend plans and play-dates.
Before anyone knows it, someone is yelling "Bus!," and the kids dutifully grab their things, give a quick kiss and line up for a seat on the bus. Parents wave goodbye to their children and say a, "Have a great day" to their neighbors. Everyone parts ways.
The whole scene maybe lasts ten minutes, but in this world of texting, cell phones and the Internet, the bus stop continues to stand as a small community hub where people look each other in the eye and talk to each other.
Patch wants to know: What makes your bus stop special? What are your bus stop memories. Post your thoughts below.