Accompanied by Springsteen & Heading Home

Walking’s a lot easier, and my shoe is less snug. Means my foot is not as swollen with help from compression hose. Ugh. Putting the hose on my surgical leg is easier with the sock helper; removing it is another story. Still, I persist and so far have walked 14 miles in two weeks.

Shared use path, I’m getting ready for you! The above photo was taken last year en route to the opening ceremony for the westbound span.

And as the path takes shape, and the eastbound span nears completion, there remains the Tappan Zee Bridge. Cuts in the truss can only mean one thing, so I’m going to wax nostalgic and go back in time. For everyone who considers Rockland County “upstate,” this is for you:

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.

It was a 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!”

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2018

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