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Boston Real Estate Broker: “I was just thinking about being on the old school bus”

If you rode the school bus when you were a child, do you remember who you sat next to? Can you see the faces of the other kids on that bus? Do you know or maybe wonder where any of them are today?

In his book Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, Pulitzer prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof talks about his number 6 bus in Yamhill, Oregon. A quarter of those children who he rode with every day are now dead. The book tells the story of what happened to his friends and how, like so many other children, they were never able to live up to their full potential.

If you have friends whose life outcomes are dramatically different from your own, then this is probably worth a read. The same goes if you just want to better understand why some kids make it, while others do not.

It is sad to say that I don’t remember or keep in touch with many friends from my school bus. I know a few are dead, others in prison, (luckily not me) many I assume struggling are in this pandemic era.

In many ways, we are all still on that bus.

Perhaps by sitting next to each other and simply talking once again, we could find ourselves all driving to the same stop – one better for all our children. Or so we can hope.

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