This is June. June is a bus chick in training. June’s regular route is the 21, but in her four months on this earth, she has ridden on several others, including the 10, 43, 54, and 55. In a couple of years, June will learn to ring the bell when she’s ready to get off. A few years after that, she’ll learn when and how much to pay, and how to keep track of her transfer. Finally, after she has mastered these skills, been advised about talking to strangers, and memorized her address, she will be allowed to ride by herself–not too far, and not for too long, but alone. On this day, she will join the worldwide sisterhood of bus chicks. Hopefully by then I will have figured out what to do for an initiation ceremony.
In the Bus Bag
Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri