Every morning and mid-afternoon, the heavy diesel engines of whole armadas of school buses rumble through this densely populated middle-class neighborhood, passing each other in a rush of officiousness, stopping at various corners, halting all traffic. Children waiting listlessly, some bored parents delivering their small offsprings into the belching machines.
Off to apathy, ADHD, obesity.
When has the adult world decided that it is too dumb to create and protect neighborhoods in which children can safely walk from their home to their neighborhood school, stretching a leg, taking in the fresh air, listening to a bird or two, seeing the odd sights that only children seem to catch?
A website on ADHD (“attention deficit hyperactivity disorder”) laconically states “Even small changes in a child’s daily activities can have dramatic long-term results, as long as the activity makes them breathless.” Of course, the school bus engines will leave at least some of the children breathless, but that’s it for the day. After sitting on the bus, herded together like cattle in trucks going to the slaughter house, the children will be taught to sit still through all kinds of mind-pollutants while building spare tires around their midriffs, frequently helped to fatten up with drugs against “ADHD.”
Now there’s a cause worthy of a presidential race: “Save Our Children from School Buses” and all the evils that have given birth to these deadly monsters. Need we say more? We know what we have overwrought, but it seems that there is no way to escape these rumbling dragons that devour the health of our whole community.
While we’re at it, let’s give thanks to our “community developers,” police in their cruisers, too heavy to walk with the children, our politicians who will gladly quibble about all kinds of nonsense but don’t want to talk about the obvious: many of our communities are not safe for a carefree and healthy lifestyle for our children.