Transpo Convo: What’s Important on the Way to School

[This is part of’s “transpo convo” series, which aims to to be an oral history of getting around the Twin Cities, one person at a time.]

Growing up, I learned the Sesame Street song “Who are the People in your Neighborhood?” Living on a farm, my neighborhood looked quite a bit different from Sesame Street. Now that I live in a denser location, I take advantage of the surrounding amenities, as does my family. One luxury that they have that I didn’t is the opportunity to walk to school. We take full advantage of this time spent together every morning and afternoon. Here is a recount of a recent morning, mostly from the perspective of my child.

We have daily experiences that feel like a real life Sesame Street or Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. We learn that the neighborhood has routines as we often see people we know and familiar faces heading to work or running errands. My daughter enjoys greeting those familiar faces and, if time, often has stories to tell. She’ll wave at the Green Line driver or thank the bus driver as we depart. This has paid off as at least on one occasion the train waited as we were running a few seconds late.

My family appreciates the walk and the moments when we notice what would otherwise be missed. For example, the fork in the road:


Do you take the fork in the road?

Or watching this banana peel turn from yellow to black throughout the week:


I don’t even recognize it as a banana peel anymore.


It’s fun to watch plant life transition from season to season:

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Let’s imagine what joy we could have with some of these objects that are just waiting for human interaction:


Certainly, not every object is what it seems to be. Look, it’s a stick, with a moustache!


A stick. With a moustache. And it’s waving hello!


Monica Millsap Rasmussen

About Monica Millsap Rasmussen

I was inspired years ago by beatnik, Joe Gould, and the stories he would hear from people he met on the street. Always a dream of mine to be the sort of person who could elicit entertaining stories from strangers, I now have that opportunity. I am looking forward to introducing readers to new lives.

4 thoughts on “Transpo Convo: What’s Important on the Way to School

  1. Bob

    New York Yankees baseball star Yogi Berra, known for many malapropisms, once said,

    “When you see a fork in the road, take it.”

  2. Jenny WernessJenny WernessModerator  

    This is such a lovely snapshot of your walk! Thanks for writing. Seeing those little things around the neighborhood is one of my favorite parts of low-speed transportation.

  3. Serafina ScheelSerafina Scheel

    There is something so joyous and connecting about walking out and about in the neighborhood and becoming part of the daily street scene. Thanks for the photos and observations.

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