One of the cool things about being on the road is that you generally pay a bit more attention to the people around you.  Especially if you are spending most of your time alone.

This trip has been particularly ripe with characters – interesting folks that pop into my world for a bus ride, a coffee, a meal, or just a sentence or two – and then they are gone.

A few days ago, I was sitting on a bench waiting for my bus at the Rideau Centre.  An elderly woman walked over carefully, deliberately, and sat down right beside me.  We watched 3 buses pull up together, empty, reload and wait for the light to turn green. Then all together they pulled away.

The woman turned to me and said:

"The buses all come at once

like a funeral procession.

Then, they all leave at once.

I wait for the next funeral."

Then she stood up and walked back to the bus shelter.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

One thought on “Buses

  • August 13, 2006 at 2:23 pm

    “I wait for the next funeral.” – travelling can be an interesting experience, I know something about it 🙂


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