Kids not catching buses are missing out – they’re a ticket to the real world | David Boyle
Buses are good for the soul, offering up life and conversations you might otherwise not encounter. Children should hop aboard
Abraham Lincoln was accosted by a woman on a bus, early in his career, who told him he was the ugliest man she had ever seen. “Yes, but what do you want me to do about it?” Lincoln said. “Well, you could stay home,” she replied. Sometimes, when Lincoln re-told the story, he was on a train, but the point is the same. Travelling by public transport opens you up to inconvenient encounters with other people.
Buses are ambiguous places. They are relatively cheap (at least they are in London, though not where I live). They offer a potential lifeline for teenagers. But they do involve these sometimes gritty interactions with people you wouldn’t usually meet.
Source: Guardian Transport