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Bus Story: Access is Relative

June 4, 2018

George Ezra’s unique voice rumbles in my ears as Pandora shuffles through the eclectic mix of stations I have compiled over time. There is a lot to take in on today’s trip home: a giantess with embossed cowboy boots and shocking Sia-esque white hair, husky nerd dude in the ubiquitous black T-shirt who falls asleep while standing in the doorway, and the ghost.

You heard me.

Dressed in a white chiffon shift dress, with incongruously beaten up sneakers, her rust colored hair is in stark contrast to her pale, almost translucent skin. She holds a cellphone in one hand and, with the other, tries to access anything. But she has no substance, so the phone doesn’t know that she’s there at all. With a deep sigh that we can feel throughout the entire bus, she looks over the shoulder of the oblivious teen boy next to her and vicariously watches his life and friends as images play out on the little screen.

Technology has come a very long way in providing needed access to those with different needs and varying levels of capability. The next great hurdle, to my thinking, is finding a way for those who are lost in transition to interact with the living and, perhaps, find the peace they need to move on to the next place.

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