By Jeff Salter
Those of you who have been checking-in with our group blog for the past 19 months will likely recall that during the first year, I hosted a Guest Fox nearly every month. Want to know what has kept me from doing the same in our current year? Yep: procrastination. I have typically not thought of what I would DO for the blog until a few days prior to each Thursday. Not conducive to scheduling a Guest Fox.
So, I finally knuckled down and spread out my schedule and booked half a dozen Guest Foxes! And I’m delighted to resume this practice by hosting Opal Campbell, an indefatigable staff member on the virtual campus of Astraea Press.
[We’re blogging about bus travel this week.] Please give a big warm welcome to Opal Campbell!
The Wheels on the Bus…
By Opal Campbell
As a child I had the distinct pleasure of riding the bus to and from school. Not that this is an uncommon occurrence but I was less than thrilled about the length of time I had to spend on the yellow tube. A two hour bus ride was NOT on my list of favorite things that I got to do each day…and I got to do it TWICE every day. YIPPEE!!!!
The ride itself probably wouldn’t have been that bad if our driver hadn’t been a step away from the psycho ward…imagine riding a bus with a driver who thought it was fun to swerve and hit garbage bags on the side of the road if they were close to the hiway.
Though I must admit that not everything about those hours on the bus sucked. I learned A LOT from listening to the high school kids in the back seats. Made some friends. Did homework and took many many naps.
Now, my eldest gets to ride the bus. Though he only rides in the afternoon. Call me a push over but since we only live about 2 miles from the school I see no reason that he should be forced to catch the bus at 6:50 a.m. So he just rides in the afternoon…and boy howdy does he come home with some stories.
I get to hear all about the boy who sneezes the gummy worm boogers, the 4th graders with cell phones, the new “words” he has learned. I wait in giddy anticipation every day to see what new information my boy gets off the bus with.
As an adult my bus riding has been all but extinct from my life and I can’t say that I am disappointed. I can only imagine what my seat mate would be like. Knowing my luck…and the fate that seems to follow me like a nasty imp…I would be seated next to either the silent farter, the non-stop talker with more pictures in their wallet than Carter’s got pills or the creepy guy who can’t seem to keep his arm on his arm rest. Yep….it’s a good thing I don’t have to ride the bus. Someone might get slapped.
About Opal Campbell:
Opal is the review coordinator and marketing director for Astraea Press. In her copious amounts of free time she tends to her husband, two children and a hound dog named Crusty. When not trying to promote Astraea and its wonderful authors, Opal likes to let her creativity flow by creating book videos for authors which she posts on her YouTube channel and her blog www.reviewcoordinator.blogspot.com