Lonely boy on the bus and his old friend and me.

Back in middle school I started taking the bus. I would get a key to my house, and that was more freedom for me.

On my bus there is no one that I sit with, unlike most of the other kids. Looking for a place to sit, I see this boy (J) and another boy (S) sitting behind him messing around with him. I try to get this other boy to stop, and he said “fight me” I knew he wasn’t going to do that on the bus where he would easily get in trouble. J didn’t tell the bus driver on S. I think S was just messing around with J knowing he was very shy. I tried talking with him, but it took days for him to say a word. He’d let S mess around with him. S though was actually an amatur bully, he would just take J’s books and give it back to him at the bus stop. Me and J and some other kids got off the bus and (P) he was in the same grade as me. Me and J wen’t off in opposite directions. I wanted to talk to him, but I didn’t want to annoy him by following him so I went home.

Back at the bus again after school, I look for J and I see S there as well. I still try to talk to J but nothing. Then I tell S to leave J alone, and grab J’s book from S’s hands.

Back at the same bus. This time with something to talk about. But I’m not show off like the other kids, so I try to talk about something else. J turned his head the other way not interested. So I try not to offend him, I tell J about my new phone. S takes it from me and I grab it back. Then I let J and S look at it. S wants to borrow my phone, but I don’t let him. He probably is going to mess around with it or hide it somewhere. J looks at the phone a bit and gives it back. Then we get off at our bus stops.

At the bus again and as usual I sit with J and S in the back. P, my classmate that I don’t know much about notices that I always sit with J. Perhaps he finds it unsual that I sit next to a kid that is 2 grades lower than me. P says something, and J responds by “Stop, I know this kid.” I was happy that he was talking more and being more social. I’m not that social, but I tried with this boy that I saw needed friends. S as awalys was playing around with us. We got off our stops.

At the bus again! You know it! Sat at the same spot with J, S behind us, and P sitting on the other row. I let J borrow my phone, and he thanked me for that. I even let S borrow it on the condition that he does not troll me or J.

Well at the bus again, I don’t see J, and S was there. S was asking me questions like why do you keep hanging out with this kid? And can I see your phone for a bit. So I let him, but kept a close eye on him and a hand on the phone, and told him to move closer, as my arms can’t reach all the way back there.

Again at the bus I saw J and S and P was there. J said sorry I was with my other friend, (M) and they walked to J’s house. He invited me to walk with them and that they were going to walk on Friday again since the weather is getting better. I said I might join you guys. I was curious who M was. Im glad J has another friend though. It’s better to have a few friends than many.

Friday I was looking for J and M, I ran into the bus J wasn’t there, then left the bus. I looked around and check the street and I saw 2 boys walking. And one of them was the same hight as J and looked like J, J likes to wear baseball caps, so I had a strong feeling it was him. I ran to them, and then the busses were moving. I ran in between the busses when they stopped at the stop sign. Then I saw J and M up the hill. I ran up there and I felt a bit sweaty. Then I greeted J. Them M said hello to me. J and M are two funny kids. They took a shortcut on the corner of the street. I was scared to go near the neighbors house. But they said they did it everytime. So I took the long way and then ran across the street to catch up to them. J and M walked on top of the brick wall, right next to the wall was lavander plants growing. We took some, and I put a bunch on my pocket as well as these other yellow flowers. Then there was the crossing guard gretting us. He said hi to J and M and me. He seems to know them well, as they must walk often. Then they went to another street, but I check the time, and my parents must me expecting me so I went home that day.
At home I told them I walked, and they said it was good excersie, and they don’t mind if I come home a bit later for that reason.

The next week I walked when I could, stayed after some days for homework help and clubs, and would get picked up. But my parents would pick me up even If I don’t stay after. I told them I would walk. They said even in the rain? I said its fine, and I got an umbrella. Then I walked with J and M and wen’t home just like that day.

That next Friday I wen’t to their house. We wen’t down the hill and I saw some other kids walking to their homes. M wanted to race so me and J raced down the hill, and I tried not to slip as it rained the previous day. J said he knows a shortcut to his house, but it was in between houses and I was scared that someone would see us. I asked J and he said that you could go around and meet us at the other side, but I was afraid I would get lost, and miss out the fun with them.

So I walked carefully and quietly along the grass in between the houses, while J and M were running around and making noise, like boys do. We were playing in other peoples backyards, we would stay there no more than 1-5 minutes so we don’t get caught. Then I though’t what could possibly go wrong? Worst would happen they would say stay off my lawn! This was nothing compared between cutting through the house at the corner. So I decided I would cut through that house as well.

We finally got to J’s house, and he goes to the back of his house. I didn’t see any cars or anything. His parents wern’t He gets the hidden key from the secret spot, and opens the door. We all leave our bags in the garadge.

Well so much happens after the first time I go to J’s house, I would have to make it like episodes or a series, something like that! I could keep writing and writing, but I have to seperate the posts lol!

“What Best Friends Looks Like” – Crave Photography

These photos came from a photography website titled “Crave Photography”. Unfortunately the website no longer appears to be up but the Wayback Machine has spotty archives of the site, including pictures of the photographer’s sons. These photos came from a post titled “What Best Friends Look Like”, which kickstarted a 12 month photography project. To quote the photographer:

I decided I would start this project out focused on my boys. They aren’t much like typical boys their age. They’re not really into music, fashion, posters, texting, or girls yet. They seem to be content just enjoying their childhood and being carefree. My boys love carving swords with their pocket knives, launching rocks with their sling shots, climbing trees in their “fort”, fishing, exploring in the mountains, and swimming in any waterhole they can find! My boys are kind, honest, loving, and full of life . I utterly adore them and love them to pieces. They truly are best of friends.

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