I was making my last run of the day to the The Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor to pick up people going to Ellsworth. It was time to depart and nobody had arrived to board the bus. I was just about to close the doors when a young pregnant woman came along and got on. As soon as she was seated I shut the doors, turned out the lights and proceeded towards the Village Green. Along the way I picked up four other women. There was quite a commotion among the five women, and one opened a plate full of ginger snap cookies. She came up and offered them to me and I gladly took one.
From then on started one of the most unusual little baby showers for that pregnant woman. I wasn’t able to leave the lights on, but that was well anticipated because a flashlight came on and it didn’t deter the excitement among the women one bit. There was a lot of chatter and a lot of “oohs” and “ahs” as each package was opened and the item closely inspected by the beam of light from the flashlight as it was held up for all to see.
The conversations kept up until we arrived at their destination. As we approached the stop, they gathered their belongings. Each one filed out thanking me and saying “good night” as they faded out into the darkness.
This had to have been a one of a kind situation on a commuter bus and it could only happen in Down East Maine.