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A Jolt in the Slow Lane

The folks in the slow lane opened their Sunbury Daily Item to a shocking headline last Thursday. (I had planned to write this Thursday afternoon, but then this is what happens in the slow lane.) The huge headline glaring at us from the top of the Sunbury Daily Item last Thursday read:

Bus leaves girl at wrong stop

I don’t think anything this drastic had ever hit the valley before.

Of course, had this been the fast lane, the girl, who was only seven at the time (she is probably around nine now), might have been in grave danger from a fast-lane predator. Here, however, where things are warmer and fuzzier, the girl was picked up by her friend’s father who took them both to a cafe and bought them a lemonade before taking the girl (whose name is withheld for obvious reasons) home.

Anyway, the community was hard hit by the news and I’m only getting back into my old groove myself, still a bit unnerved by the horror those headlines were fraught with. The little girl, whose pouting photo appeared under the headline on page one, has vowed never to ride a bus again. Could anyone blame her?

2 Responses to “A Jolt in the Slow Lane”

  1. Charle Says:

    I’m not an habitual blogger, or commentator, but a sentence in your piece “A Jolt in the Slow Lane” has motivated me to literary action. I refer to “Anyway, the community was hard hit by the news and I’m only getting back into my old groove myself, still a bit unnerved by the horror those headlines were fraught with.” Perhaps the rules have changed, but the last time I checked, ending a sentence with a preposition was a ‘breach of grammatical etiquette’. Granted, to say “unnerved by the horror with which those headlines were fraught” may sound pretentious (or goofy, depending on your perspective), wouldn’t it at least be correct?
    By the way, this is my first time on alphadictionary.com, but I’m certain it won’t be the last. Bravo!

  2. Robert Beard Says:

    I have nothing to add to Winston Churchill’s comment, which I enhance here: http://www.alphadictionary.com/articles/drgw001.html.

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