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The rickety old bus

There once was a rickety old bus that nobody wanted anymore. Its paint was chipping. The seats that used to smell of fresh leather were now torn and tattered. The windows were long gone. The doors struggled each time it tried to open and shut.  It wheezed and sighed and creaked.

When the new buses came along, nobody cared much for this little old bus and it was soon forgotten.

Everyday, the conductor stood at the door as the rickety old bus rolled around town looking for passengers but none came.

It’s time to hit the scraps, you’re too old and slow.” some called out. “Nobody wants to sit on a creaky old bus like you,” shouted another.

The conductor didn’t listen. “You’re special and one day, someone will see that,” he told the bus. So off they went on their merry way, happy to feel the gentle breeze that blew through the open windows. “We’re not too old to have new adventures,” they said.

One day, a little boy saw the rickety old bus as it pulled up beside him. He stopped and looked at it. He saw the chipped paint and the empty windows but it was the passenger right at the back that caught his eye.

The boy thought for a moment, then he got up, walked all the way to the back and sat down with a smile. “The bus sure looks like it could use a facelift,” he thought, “but the girl at the back, she’s the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen.”

Sitting there at the back, the boy was happier than he had ever been before. “I’m never getting off this bus,” he said to himself. He stole glances at the girl next to him, not sure if she could hear the thump of his heart, or if she was just playing it cool.

She’s totally playing it cool,” he convinced himself.

All day, the bus drove around town and passengers came up and left. But neither the boy or his girl moved an inch. It was the bestest day of their lives.

When they were done driving, the conductor told them stories about all the adventures the rickety old bus had been on years and years ago, when it was not so old or rickety.

I’m glad you didn’t stop being a bus,” the boy said. “Because to me, you’re the most awesome bus in the whole wide world.

And the bus just smiled.

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  • Reply San June 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Sweeeeeeet!!! I like!
    San´s last post ..The Toy I’ve Resisted Thus Far…

    • Reply Daphne June 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      @San, thanks!

  • Reply Jus June 10, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    That’s such a sweet story! :) And where’s this bus btw? The museum? And Tru looks so cute sitting next to the little girl! ;)
    Jus´s last post ..Monday made: Displaying little treasures

    • Reply Daphne June 11, 2010 at 5:45 pm

      @Jus, it’s actually at East Coast Park right outside the McDonald’s. There’s this little tentage at the corner with a carousel and some ancient-looking kiddy rides. The bus was one of them!

  • Reply Lazymummy June 11, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Good story *clapping*

    Ps. Tru’s expression is priceless. ;)

    • Reply Daphne June 11, 2010 at 5:45 pm

      @Lazymummy, thanks! Hahah yes I like his look of enthusiasm in that last shot.

  • Reply Janice June 12, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Nice words to those pictures. My boys took pic with those buses before too. :)

    Thanks for visiting my blog *hug*
    Janice´s last post ..Zac is a Model Pupil in school :)

    • Reply Daphne June 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm

      @Janice, Thanks for hopping over Janice, yes I think they’ve been there since like, I was was a little kid myself!

  • Reply Violet June 12, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Hi Daphne,

    Great post! Very creative :) You are great at capturing expressions! I have 2 kiddos as well. Not easy to take photos of kids. :) Keep the heartwarming posts coming!

    Violet´s last post ..“There aren’t enough confident men…”

    • Reply Daphne June 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      @Violet, Woot, what an honour! Hello Violet, thanks for visiting.

      Everyone, this is Violet Lim, co-founder of Lunch Actually, and one of the finalists in the most Insightful Blog Category as well. A successful business woman, a mommy of two and still only in her twenties – she’s the classic Stepford Mom, Singaporean version!

      She has genuinely insightful stuff aplenty on the whole works regarding dating and relationships at http://www.violetlim.com. Go, go, check it out.

      • Reply Violet June 14, 2010 at 12:56 am

        @Daphne, Thanks Daphne for the plug! :) Will definitely be coming back again for more cute photos and insights! :)

  • Reply Jane June 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Great pics and wonderful story =)
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    • Reply Daphne June 14, 2010 at 8:21 am

      @Jane, Thanks Jane!

  • Reply kei June 13, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Hi Daphne,

    Thanks again for visiting my blog. I’ve been reading your blog since the visit. And I love it! Been looking at previous entries because I can’t get enough of it. Ha.

    Your kids are so adorable! Tru has a ‘gong gong’ charm about him (hope you don’t take offence. I truly think his ‘gong’ look is very charming!) and Kirsten is real pretty. :)

    Do you mind if I include your blog in my blogroll?
    kei´s last post ..Little miss observant

    • Reply Daphne June 14, 2010 at 8:44 am

      @kei, Wow, thanks! Of course no offense taken, I still find his trademark *dazed* look very hilarious and I’m his mother.

      Also, i had no idea you needed to ask permission to add people to the blogroll, I’ve already added yours since I chanced upon your blog! So please feel free to add me..

      Thanks again Kei!

  • Reply ashlyn October 6, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Hi, can i check where’s this place?

    • Reply Daphne October 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm

      Its right outside McDonald’s at East Coast Park :)

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