Thursday, August 26, 2004

Breaking Down the Barriers

So, I'm standing at the bus stop before lunch, and a college girl asks if this bus stops at Wabash Landing. I answered yes - thinking that would be the end of it. Then, she kept talking to me! We talked about how tough it was to park on campus, how she and two roommates shared a parking pass, that the college she used to attend had great dorms but they were far away from the classroom buildings, etc.

Trolley StopI had to stop her right there and explain that there is an unspoken law that adult campus staff and students don't speak to each other. We barely even acknowledge each others' existence. Sure, without them we wouldn't have jobs, and even though they don't realize it, it is the staff that make the whole education thing happen. However, we live in separate worlds, and it is better that way.

I think she understands now that she should get the yes or no answer she is looking for, and then glance nervously around - avoiding the adult's gaze - until the bus arrives.

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