September 7, 1998
Waiting, waiting, waiting for the bus
It's 8:43 a.m. on the first day of school and Arielle Gale is anxiously waiting for bus T-12 (left photo). It'll be taking her to Wellington Elementary in Woodinville where she'll begin third grade.
The bus should be here by now, according to the notice mailed to Arielle's mother by the Northshore School District. Then again, it is the first day, so the drivers are probably getting used to their routes.
Arielle, 8, waits with her mom, Janee Gale, Matthew Romack and his daughter, Addison Romack, 4. They watch as other buses pass by on Woodinville-Duvall Road and a side street, taking students to school. They shield their eyes in the early morning sunlight to see if they can make out T-12 on the side.
As time wears on, Arielle starts kicking rocks across the street (middle photo) followed by Addison. The latter says she isn't looking forward to kindergarten next year. Janee and Matthew begin to fidget.
Finally T-12 is spotted, but instead of looping back around to pick up Arielle, it steams on towards school. As it turns out, the bus district's notice also said for Arielle to be two blocks away from where she was waiting.
But the family is set in motion. Matthew kids that they will have to paint "T-12" onto the side of their minivan as they clamber in and whiz to school just minutes before the beginning of class (right photo).