Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Today was Erik's last day of school before summer vacation. The bus wheezed as it pulled into the driveway, and when the doors swung open, I stepped inside to greet Erik and Jeff, the driver. Jeff informed me it had been an absolute pleasure driving Erik home from school during the year. I asked if we would see him next year, but he said the routes would likely change, so there was no guarantee he would be our driver again. He then quickly stood up and plucked his good luck charm, a rather discolored rubber frog with one leg threatening to spontaneously detach, from its perch above the windshield, and handed it to me to give to Erik. I shook his hand, and we exited the bus, taking our usual places in the driveway to watch him drive away. We waved at him for the last time until he finally disappeared down the road beyond a churning cloud of dust.