Honestly, I hadn't ever ridden a bus, other than a school bus and buses in Mexico. So here I was big shot Attorney and I didn't even know how to ride the city bus. I wondered what the schedule was, how much would they charge? Where would the bus take us? How would we know which bus to catch back?
After successfully distracting my daughter on several occasions with lots of "maybe tomorrow's" I finally felt guilty enough that I said okay... I mustered up my courage and put on my walking shoes. It was a spur of the moment thing, so I didn't get a chance to google the bus schedule or the bus fare etc.
My daughter and I walked to the bus stop, thankfully there was a bus schedule right there next to the bench. Who'd a thought right? So we waited and waited, we watched many cars drive by and I thought to myself how lucky we were to have a car and be riding the city bus--not out of necessity but out of sheer curiosity. After I took about a dozen pictures of my baby on the bus bench, the bus finally came.
Turns out the fee is usually $2 but since it was a holiday, the fee was only $1. We dropped our quarters in the slot and my daughter decided where we should sit. She wanted at the very back of the bus on the second floor...who would have thought the bus had different levels right?
There were about 5 other people already on the bus. There was a oaxacan lady who sold flowers-she was carrying two buckets full of flowers, there was an elderly white woman carrying a bag full of diabetic drinks, an older white man who said hello to everyone who boarded and "god bless" to all as they got off the bus, there were two young Mexican men, everyone seemed very friendly. It was a very diverse group of people. So off we went, riding around my part of town, where I grew up and where I currently live...the East side of Salinas, we made stops every two blocks it seems. Finally we reached our destination...Northridge mall.
The bus driver kindly explained to me..."the newbie", that a bus would stop by every hour and any one of them would take us back when we were ready. So off we went to explore the mall. When we were ready to head home, sure enough there was a bus waiting for us. We boarded and went back the same way we came, again stopping about every two blocks. My daughter was so excited she anxiously waited to pull the cord to request a stop as we reached our destination. We got off the bus and walked home, she was so excited to have gotten to ride the big blue bus...twice.
As we walked home she turned to me and said, "Mami I love you!"
1.Say yes to your kids more often, the simplest things can give them & you enormous joy.
2. Riding the city bus isn't so bad.
3. Be grateful for what you have.
4. Take every opportunity to experience new things, especially with your kids.