I Googled it, and found that today just one fancy, new school bus might cost almost $100,000. Factor in the fuel, maintenance, drivers and depreciation, and that’s a sizable investment to transport children. Yet, the busses I see are often partially filled. Could this be because huge numbers of parents are dropping off and picking up children in their gas guzzling SUVs or pickups? I think that in 12 years of attending Brock School, my folks might have picked me up at school a couple or three times. I don’t remember but one, but I’ll exaggerate just to be conservative.
I’ve learned to never get caught anywhere near a school between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., or just after 3 p.m. It’s like getting between a momma grizzly and her cub. You don’t want to find yourself between a soccer mom in an SUV and the child she’s picking up at school. If you don’t know the parking lot protocol, you’d better detour by way of Amarillo. It would be safer and a whole lot faster.
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.