On A Bus Home, Accompanied by Springsteen

Especially significant to the artist: her watercolor painting "Coming home on the Tappan Zee" /© Donna Davies Timm

Especially significant to the artist: her watercolor painting “Coming home on the Tappan Zee” /© Donna Davies Timm

October 1975. “Born to Run” is blasting on the bus radio, as we Westchesterites and Long Islanders fly through Rockland County. The SUCO bus left Oneonta at 4 p.m., and we’re due to arrive at the County Center at 8:30 p.m.

Then we see it, the Tappan Zee Bridge. While I’m glad to be back for the weekend — and looking forward to catching up with friends I’ve not seen in two months — I’m unprepared for the little shiver that runs through me.

I chose the upstate New York college for its nutrition program, then wondered what made me think chemistry would be easier than in high school? The following year I transferred to community college, switched majors, and worked part-time.

The bridge was nearly 20, the average age on that bus; Bruce, not much older. Here’s how the view will change next month.

Westbound on the Tappan Zee Bridge, circa July 2008/Courtesy of Ian C. Ligget

If I were a painter, my canvas would show the inside of that chartered bus, where you step up into seats on either side of the aisle; above them, compartments hold luggage and coats. In those seats, some teenagers are dozing, some are watching the bridge — illuminated against the dark sky — move closer, others are belting out, “Tramps like us baby we were born to run!”

Initially posted three years ago, one month before the Bridge Art Show opened.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017 (originally 2014)

2 comments so far

  1. penneyvanderbilt on

    Reblogged this on KCJones and commented:
    The mysterys of the Tappan Zee Bridge!

    Liked by 1 person

    • nykeypad on

      Thank you, Penny! This is, and remains, one of my most memorable images of the bridge.

      Like


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