I was a senior in high school when some of the guys and I sat in my van, yes I drove a van to school, watching the bus and car riders be dropped off for school. It was a Ford with windows all the way around.
It was a wet morning with a light rain. The buses would pull under the canopy closer to the building and drop off the students while the car riders used the lane farther away from the building. There was a canopy there as well.
It wasn’t long before Joey arrived. He had a new car. His first car. However we were surprised to see him use the bus lane. Joey was the smartest guy in our senior class. A real genius with an outstanding GPA (Grade Point Average)! He was book smart!
Well he didn’t show so much smarts on this particular morning when he used the bus lane to drop off his girl passengers. Hey, no biggie, right? You see, Joey was excited about his new car and his passengers. He had girls riding in his car. He was to be envied.
Well least he thought so. No real big deal here until the guys and I watched him get out of his car and open the doors for each of the girls to exit. A real gentleman huh.
By now Joey realized what he had done. He used the wrong lane. Buses were lined up waiting on him to move his car. It was a steady rain fall now so the buses wanted to get under the canopy to let their riders off.
Hold on. There’s a problem. Joey’s car won’t start. You could see him trying and trying but no luck. People were waiting. Time was passing. Students were going to be late.
Mr. Mobley, our Assistant Principal, was the bus monitor that morning. He had Joey to pop the hood so he could maybe figure out what was going on with his car. They tried and tried. No luck.
At about this time the guys and I, in my van, were going to get wet as we left to go push Joey’s car out of the way when we saw a remarkable change of circumstances. Mr Mobley got in Joey’s car, turned the key and nothing happened but quiet. That’s when Mr. Mobley reaches over to the gear shift on the steering column and placed the car in park, turned the key, and low and behold, the car started.
Here’s the smartest guy in the class with the highest GPA and all the book sense in the world. But on this particular wet morning, in front of hundreds of student and a few girls he was trying to empress, poor Joey forgot good ole fashioned “Common Sense.”
It happens to us all from time to time. Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on Joey. But if you think about it today, maybe you come away with two reactions. First is the humor behind it. I mean I found it funny. Mostly because it wasn’t me. And Secondly, you realize Common Sense doesn’t seem as common anymore.
Until next time,
P.S. Which would you rather have book smarts or common sense?