I was driving to a doctor appointment today. The appointment was at 2:00 in the afternoon.
As you know I have to drive forever to connect with a grocer, a doctor, or almost anything else. I live in a little bitty town smack in the middle of nowhere. I love it here but it can be inconvenient at times.
Anyway 2:00 is usually a good time to travel here. Not a lot of traffic.
So I was driving along. I was a little later than I like to be. I like having a few extra minutes because I hate being late.
I had seen some of the children in my town going to their homes after school. They were dismissed early because of the weather. The school bus drops them all off at a central location here and they then walk to their homes.
So I was not surprised to see a couple of school buses letting children off at their homes as I drove to the doctor.
At a bit of a distance I saw a bus letting children off. It had its safety lights on and I prepared to stop.
First a little boy climbed down. After a bit a little girl came from the bus. Their dog had come running to greet them.
Then the dog excitedly ran onto the bus.
I was surprised at the driver allowing a dog on the bus. I thought maybe the dog belonged somewhere else along the route.
Then I noticed the little boy and girl calling the dog. Nothing happened. They kept calling. Still nothing happened.
Finally the little girl got back on the bus. After what seemed an interminable time she finally came off the bus pulling firmly on the dog's collar. She tried to lead it away from the bus and the lines of traffic that had formed.
The bus slowly pulled away. We slowly began to move. The dog broke away from the little girl and ran toward the road.
The story does not have a bad ending. After watching all of us creeping slowly away the dog turned and ran after its children.