Girls Write Out
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Some of my best memories of childhood are enclosed in a big yellow bus. Any of you ride one? I lived on a farm, so every morning I'd stand out on the side of the road with my brothers waiting for the vehicle to come lumbering down the road.

We went to Cleveland to a migraine clinic last Friday and got behind a school bus. In the back row were two teenage girls who kept waving at us, then they snapped pictures of us from out of the back window.

Wouldn't it have been cool if they'd actually known they were taking pictures of an author? It made me think about how often we come in contact with people and we have no idea who they are. There could be a movie star behind those sun glasses. Or an angel unaware.

I'm a people watcher--I think most writers are. What were those girls doing taking pictures of us? Someone make up a story for me. LOL
Colleen Coble  
posted at 10:19 AM  
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At 11:18 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

That is VERY cool! It would be even cooler if those girls find out you're an author now that they have the picture! *g*

I rode a school bus. It was a community all its own. LOL

At 11:43 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

Probably laughing at the old people in the car behind them....j/k.

I rode a bus, it took almost an hour to go 10 miles to the Christian school I went to, we crossed the same highway at least 4 times picking kids up from all over the place. I hated it, the bouncing up and down and breathing the stale air. I'd never go back to that (thank God I don't have to)

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Suzanne! Calling me old. The very idea. LOL

I liked the bus. I got to talk about the Beatles with my friend Marie. LOL

At 12:50 PM, Blogger mazzucasinswaziland said...

Hmmm, why would teenage girls be taking pictures of random people in a car? Probably because you are such a great dresser with a fab hairstyle, they wanted to say, "Mom, why can't you be cool like her?" Either that or they have some weird myspace photo montage of brunettes...take what you want. Oh, the mind of a teenager!

At 1:28 PM, Blogger psalmOFdeb said...

Back in the 80s, my friends and I affectionately called our yellow school-mobile 'the cheese bus'. I can only imagine how many games of telephone were played as we commuted across town 8) while riding old cheesey.

Adding to your story fun, and drawing on my past experience... I'm guessing that playing telephone stops being fun sometime after 6th grade... so that group of shutterbugs girls moved on to a more high-tech game. Your picture has since been downloaded onto their 'spotted while riding the bus' file and some silly caption has been added.

The real question is... what caption did they use?

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

They're probably going to post you on YouTube as a crazed lunatic who escaped from the insane asylum.

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Travis Erwin said...

I live at the very end of a long 3 mile stretch of dirt road. Several years ago I got behind a bus five or six miles from my house, where there is still pavement.

I noticed these two young girls, 15 or 16 is my guess, at teh back they keep looking at me and laughing. After this goes on through several stops suddenly one of them lifts her shirt and flashed me. Then they both turned and giggled.

The longer I followed the more they seemed to worry until eventually they got off at the last house before mine. You should have seen those girls duck and run for the house wehn they got off the bus.

At 7:03 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Ooh wonder what caption they DID use? I bet you're right. LOL

At 11:58 AM, Blogger Jane said...

Here's your story

On the way home from school that day Karen and I sat in the back of the bus. Mrs. Myers said I needed to bring in a picture of my mother for our next art project. Great, how am I going to do that? I really don't want anyone knowing the truth; I can't just tell her I don't have any. Just then Karen starts waving at a car following our bus. The lady driving has a nice face; she has brown just like mine. I get a brilliant idea. I smile and wave, the lady smiles back so I grab my camera and take some pictures of her. Later I tell Karen my idea. Are you crazy she asks? I'll probably never see her again, besides what harm could it do? Surely no harm could come from taking a simple picture and just pretending for a moment that it was a picture of your mom. I mean really what harm could come from that? Little did I know I would soon find out.

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Jane, that is a BRILLIANT story! I love it! LOL

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Jordansmom said...

Thanks Colleen, I changed my sign in to Jordansmom. I use to live in Indiana, a little town called Napanee


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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