The only source of heat at a cold bus stop is human interaction, and it’s fading

By Sean Fleming ‘21

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The air is freezing. You feel the wind crawling at your back. In your fatal journey to the bus stop. You’re greeted by the backs of heads and the… cold shoulder. No? Okay. Anyway, standing at the bus stop is like standing on top of a mountain. You’ll want a refund when the coat you bought isn’t helping keep you warm inside. Out of all this despair, nobody says a word to each other. No comments of how the bus stop is well below freezing, the schoolwork due today (which you didn’t do,) or just a plain hello.

Human interaction at the bus stop has changed in the past years. It went from talking about David Bowie’s new album to staring down the road awkwardly and praying that the bus appears so it doesn’t get any weirder than it already is.

From the time you played your Nintendo DS with your friends on the bus in kindergarten and grade school to the time you thought to yourself why Stacy bought that weird dress when you CLEARLY told her not to in high school, the bus stop is no doubt one of the most awkward events in your lifetime.

I sat down and did some math so you didn’t have to. The numbers are mind blowing. From kindergarten to your senior year, you’ve visited that same corner on your street 2,340 times. Not only that, but after high school, there’s a big chance that you’ll be taking the city bus to your job. Add those up and you have yourself probably well over 4,000 bus stop visits!

Speaking of the aftermath of the school bus stop, city busses and public transportation don’t get any better. In fact, I can guess they’re worse. Have you seen the people on the New York City subway? Once you go there, you never go back. Not a hello, not a goodbye.
Once in a blue moon, a fellow classmate may say something, like “Hey, can I copy your homework,” or maybe just to talk for the joy of it- not often though. That’s for sure.

We humans have come a long way: from talking about the new flip phone, to school work, to nothing at all at the bus stop. If we keep this up, the generations to come will be boggled by any source of interaction at the bus stop.