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Topic: Write something AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL (10/02/14)
TITLE: Dirt Roads
By Lindsey Ruby
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In the late ‘80s the buses were equipped with radios, little black speakers dotted the tin roof of the ceiling cranking out local radio stations. We thought we were a big deal. Arguments started about which station we would listen to but it rarely did any good. Sue, the short bus driver who needed blocks taped to the pedals so her legs would reach, she usually picked out some country music like Bonnie Raitt, Marty Robbins and Kenny Rogers … these were her favorites. I’d sing along in my heart and even though Bonnie would be singing about her mortal love, I’d be thinking of God. I sensed He knew it and loved that. I felt His love on those long and lonely school bus rides. Most unlikely person, in the most unlikely of places. I learned I could worship Him anywhere, no matter what was happening around me. I knew that if any of the other kids really knew me, they would laugh at me.
The bus would drive me past the quiet cemetary where my mother was buried. I would always look hard, my little face pressed up against the window yearning for even a tiny bit of a connection. Tears leak from my eyes today as I remember the girl I used to be. Brave, happy, leading my heart to cling to the faith she taught me. I felt His peace, an unspoken promise that one day everything would make sense to me.
I loved those bumpy back roads.
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