The Yellow Dog  

Kaliedascope61 42M
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5/11/2006 5:52 am

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The Yellow Dog

The Yellow Dog

The sky is red on this lonely morning, and I am traveling back in time. Who knows what triggers memories maybe it was the cool air flowing through my open window, and the smell of the grass, or the laughter I heard that woke me up.

It is cold and I am standing at the bus stop with my hands in my pocket. One of my shoes is untied but I really don't care and pay it no attention. The chatterbox is talking, the girls are giggling, and I am the sleepy head.

I can hear the dads closing the doors to cars in distant driveways, and see the moms peek through curtains making sure everything is as it should be. We are the neighborhood kids, and we belong to everyone on the block.

The fun dad honks his horn and waves as he drives by and the grumpy dad follows but just passes in his angry car. The Car pool dads all pile into a van, while us kids begin to get louder and more playful. The girls are playing hopscotch while chatterbox digs in his backpack for a football. Lunch boxes and bags get stacked up at the edge of a drive way and we toss the ball around and I tie my shoe, catch the ball and become John Elway.

"Awwww Mannnnnnn"

The sputter of the yellow dog can be heard on the next street down, it’s almost time and my stomach starts to sink knowing the fun has to end in a few moments. The ball, the hopscotch, the kids, the moms, the dads, all have to begin the day.

I look down to the end of the block and see the yellow bus turning onto the street, and slowly making its way toward the stop. A mom yells from a kitchen window, "you kids get your bags!"

I grab my lunch box and back pack and unzip it to make sure I remembered to put my skelator in it for recess. The pecking order begins as we all fall into a line, the girls first and then the boys. We prepare for the morning battle of who is going to be the coolest and get to sit in the back of the bus.

The sputtering and coughing yellow dog crawls to a stop, the acid stench of the exhaust fills my lungs, and one by one, we take hold of the handle and step up into the bus.



SacredStarDance

5/11/2006 6:24 am

That was wonderfully written.. you took me back to those days..not long ago..lol

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Kaliedascope61 replies on 5/12/2006 7:32 am:
seems like yesterday.

absolutelynormal 57F
6563 posts
5/11/2006 6:54 am

I agree, very well written.


Sweetpickles69 48F

5/11/2006 6:56 am

Nice writting! I hated the bus! Had to ride it from grade 5 to 11. I always tried to sit in the back, that's were the "cool" kids sat!

Peace,
Pickles


Kaliedascope61 replies on 5/12/2006 7:32 am:
I rode that bus all the way up until my grandmother gave me her car. a 1979 cutless supreme running on about 4 of its 8 cylinders.

digdug41 50M

5/11/2006 7:28 am

I never took a school bus to school but you definitely painted a very good picture for me well done kali

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want2play926 46F

5/11/2006 8:12 am

WONDERFUL! I never took the bus, but the kids that lived on my street all walked to school together. We too did things like you mentioned. The boys would show off and toss the football around as we walked.

Great memories....thanks for bring them back for me!


norprin5 56M

5/11/2006 10:37 am

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EroticaXTC 51F

5/11/2006 10:55 am

That was so well written I could smell the exhaust fumes that used to make me sick whenever I'd sit in the back of the bus...no sarcasm intended, LOL, it would be nice to linger in those days once again, just for a little while....


Kaliedascope61 replies on 5/12/2006 7:31 am:
I go back in my mind whenever I can because it was just a simpler time, whenever I'm stressed or worried about something I like to remember times when I didn't even know what stress and worry were.

sideline1968 49F

5/11/2006 11:00 am

Nicely don S. I did ride the bus to school, but I never caught it with a group of neighborhood kids. Just my group of siblings. At the age you are talking about ... we would be playing 'freeze tag' with the dog while waiting for the bus.

Funny where memory lane will take us at times isn't it.


DAISYDUKE1004 51F
534 posts
5/11/2006 2:06 pm

Hey I just read some of your blogs...I like your style..and yes I remember those days...same thing we would do to funny.....Thanks for taking me back to those days for a minute...*BIG SMILE*

Take Care ~D~


Kaliedascope61 replies on 5/12/2006 7:28 am:
I hope you come back soon and read some more

HBowt2 60F

5/11/2006 4:02 pm

could almost smell the air...hear the laughter....remember those stolen moments of fun before the day started....you painted the picture wonderfully.


mangomamiCT 43F

5/11/2006 8:50 pm

I can smell that funky grade school smell right now .......nice


Kaliedascope61 replies on 5/12/2006 7:28 am:
its kinda like paint and 409 huh?

docdirk 48M

5/11/2006 8:57 pm

Some of the worst times of my life began on mornings much like the one you describe. The day, bound to get incrementally worse after the bus deposited us to final destination. Somehow we made it through. Then the next day, more of the same. I still hate buses!

Ah, Its you again, Your Angel Feathers and your Blood Stains...


Kaliedascope61 replies on 5/12/2006 7:29 am:
I remember it so vividly because I was describing the morning that the challenger blew up. I was in the 6th grad at the time.

tillerbabe 57F

5/12/2006 12:14 am

I can smell the new pencils and paste and new books! Oh! How you just brought me back! Thank you! (Where's my batman metal lunch box?)


Kaliedascope61 replies on 5/12/2006 7:29 am:
You mean your hello kitty lunch box!

pet_humility 49F

5/12/2006 8:14 am

Smiles all big. I remember when....


Kaliedascope61 replies on 5/12/2006 8:36 am:
Me too

wickedeasy 68F  
30897 posts
5/12/2006 9:44 am

i was struck by the tone and then you said skelator and i was right back at the stop with my son - he liked skelator best too

thanks - this was a lovely memory

You cannot conceive the many without the one.


sideline1968 49F

5/12/2006 10:04 am

I remember it so vividly because I was describing the morning that the challenger blew up. I was in the 6th grad at the time.

6th grade! Really? Sometimes I forget that you are younger than me S. I was a senior!


champagnechaser 42F
1639 posts
5/12/2006 3:46 pm

You get your skeletor and I'll get my orko and let's go play in castle grayskull.


Kaliedascope61 replies on 5/12/2006 4:07 pm:
I'm impressed! Orko is about to get his ass kicked by skelotor!

Now you tell me what He Man's real name was and I'll let you win

champagnechaser 42F
1639 posts
5/12/2006 4:10 pm

Prince Adam! I win, I win, I win!!!!


Kaliedascope61 replies on 5/12/2006 4:14 pm:
The force is strong with this one!

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