Life Lessons From A Stopped School Bus

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BOSTON, MA (WBZ-AM) --  It was one of those annoying little moments in life that you’d like to forget about as quickly as possible, but later realize was a bit of a life lesson worth remembering.

I was running a few errands before work yesterday when traffic came to a stop. A school bus was pulled over to the side of the road opposite a church with its blinkers on.

For those who didn’t already know, a sign on the back of the bus warned: Do not pass when flashing lights are on.

And so, dutifully and appropriately, we all stopped, and the line of traffic began to build.

After a couple of minutes, I noticed something was wrong.

No one was getting off the bus, which appeared to be empty. No one was coming out of the church to board the bus or approaching it at all.

It dawned on me that the bus driver somehow didn’t know his blinkers were flashing and didn’t see the traffic jam he was causing.

I waited another minute; it was clear there was no reason for the bus to be stopping traffic, but no one was moving or trying to communicate with the driver.

So I started honking and calling for the drivers ahead of me to go ahead and pass. After awhile, they did, but still no one was saying anything. So when I came up alongside the driver, I told him what was happening, and sure enough, he hadn’t realized it.

So what are the morals of the story? It’s good to obey the rules, especially when it comes to school buses.

But if authority is always unquestioned, everybody can get stuck in traffic. After all, the people in charge aren’t always paying attention. And if you don’t speak up and tell them so, you’re not going to get where you want to go.

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