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In the book Corduroy: Lost and Found, Lisa and her dear bear begin the story on a city bus coming home from shopping. In Mercer Mayer’s Just Me and My Mom, the Little Critter and his mommy go on a train trip to the city and to a museum. Do you love when storybooks come to life and long-awaited plans come true? I certainly do.
This winter my son became interested in city buses because of the bedtime stories I just mentioned, frequent discussions in the van (“What’s that?”) while driving around town, and seeing the funny-looking roofline of the city bus station downtown from the freeway. I made an offhand comment: “We should ride a city bus someday.” It was all he talked about for two days!
We began planning a trip that would have to wait until warmer weather…and we finally did it last week.
We took a city bus downtown and visited the Children’s Museum. It was a dream come true, and for $3 ($1.50 fare both ways and a pass to the museum in my pocket), a very frugal morning!
We were going to make it “for real” and walk the first mile to our nearest bus station, but rain in the forecast urged me to change our plans and “cheat” a little. God provided, and with a breathless run to catch the bus (even when driving the first leg, I have trouble being on time!), we clambered on, all abuzz with excitement:
Here we are at the downtown central bus station awaiting our transfer. God provided perfectly: we actually missed our bus stop and drove to the supermarket stop 5 minutes away, just making the bus only because it had to stop to pick up two passengers at two different stops. When we transfered downtown, we learned that we wouldn’t be able to get our originally planned bus home because of construction. (Gulp!) The bus we could take instead? Dropped us off right at the supermarket, where our van was parked (but wouldn’t have taken us to the stop by our house had we walked). Praise God for His planning and not mine!
First ones on the bus to the museum – Lovey Girl was happy to walk around a bit:
“On the Farm” collecting eggs at the museum:
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