Friday, December 12, 2014

Thirty-five Years of Service

Thirty-five years ago,I timidly stepped into a school bus for my first drive with it.I did not expect to be at this job  much longer than a year or two,yet now 35 years later,I am still driving and enjoying my job.Many children have passed through the bus doors,these have grown up and now have children of their own. I am seeing those children on my bus now.Who would have thought that this would happen.
MANY the miles that I have put in sitting in a vehicle like this one.

Many a wintery morning I have been greeted by this sort of scene. Ice all over the bus.At times like this I have to let it run a little longer to thaw the ice off before I drive.

Field trips have been part of each of those years.This one was to see the wind turbines in a near-by community.

It was a rainy,cold day,so I got to see this sort of view most of the day,while the teachers and children toured the area and got wet and cold.


I and two of my fellow drivers reached this milestone and at our annual Division Christmas Banquet were honoured and rewarded for these years of service.
Each of us got to pick our own gift,within a certain dollar amount.

This is what I chose. The back view. WSD stand for Western School Division.

Front view,complete with lots of sparkle. Sorry for my reflection in this one.


Western School Division has been good to me over the years. I plan on being employed with them for a few more years. No reason to quit my job when I'm still enjoying it.

25 comments:

  1. that's just awesome! congratulations to you (and to them who have enjoyed your service and devotion to the children in their / your care all these years!) :)

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  2. I'm glad you're still enjoying your job. I'm willing to bet that the parents you knew as children are delighted to see you driving and protecting their children.

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  3. Congratulations, Ruth! I'm sure you are good at your job and you are so fortunate to be employed doing something you like. :)

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  4. Classy choice for your gift, it is practical and has sparkles too. Congrats on working there 35 years; your job sounds interesting, all that driving and all those kids.

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  5. Congratulations. It's funny how we start out and don't expect to be there long but stay for a long time. I started working at Eli Lilly and Company in June of 1969 and was going to quit in the fall but stayed there until I retired in 2002.

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  6. I love this! Love seeing your job and you talking about it for the first time I can remember. The front of your bus with the ice on it is somehow beautiful. You have been so faithful, and really deserve this beautiful watch, plus a whole lot more. Two of my friends at church also drive school buses. Congratulations!!

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  7. Congrats Ruth, certainly a big step in your lifetime. I'm sure you were one of the kids favorite drivers,

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  8. You have an important role, Ruth. That's a lot of years on the job. I know it's not an easy one - my good friend was also a driver for many years. Nice bit of sparkle to celebrate!

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  9. What a Fantastic Accomplishment! Congratulations!

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  10. Awesome Ruth... Congratulations... In spite of a few hard days, I'm sure you have been tremendously blessed during these past 35 years.. Big hugs

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  11. Congratulations Ruth. I am sure these children that you have carried safely to school and events these 35 years have been blessed beyond measure by your gentle and loving nature. There's no doubt the parents felt better knowing you were in charge of making sure their kids got to their destination safely...

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  12. i believe working at a job you like keeps you young.. and that is a gorgeous watch and one i would be proud to wear... congratulations on your 35th anniversary... these are the first bus icicles i have ever seen

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  13. What a wonderful achievement. I'm glad that honored you. Loving that watch!

    Congratulations!

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  14. Congratulations! Length of time in the workplace is a rarity these days. Well done and I'm so glad you enjoy it. How blessed the parents must be who rode with you as children and now entrust their wee ones to you!

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  15. Congrats.... I am so proud of you for those 35 years of service... Glad you like your job--and hope you can continue for as many more years as you want to....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  16. your a rock star ruth, a rock star with a beautiful watch!!

    they are lucky to have you!! and i'll bet the moms love you too!!!!!

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  17. Hi Ruth, What a great post here. Congratulations on 35 years! That is wonderful and the watch is beautiful! Your story is the kind of thing we should see on the Evening News … something positive and inspirational. It’s a pleasure to be following you! All the best to you and take care. John

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  18. HI Ruth 35 years in the same job is is a remarkable achievement and I wonder how many of our children or grand kids will ever achieve that. Congratulations and I think you made an excellent choice with that gorgeous watch. Have a great weekend.

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  19. God bless you! A job like that really makes a difference. I still remember some of my bus drivers.

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  20. Lucky you to have a job you have loved for so many years. And lucky them for having such an awesome lady on board. Big congrats to you, Ruth. Enjoy your wonderful gift.

    Oh hey.. what time is it? ;)

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  21. Congratulations, Ruth! That is a wonderful achievement and such an important job, too, to be responsible for seeing the children to school and back home safely. Enjoy your beautiful watch!

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  22. i am truly amazed by folks who do this job. and i think of the bus drivers i had as a kid and the ones i loved and enjoyed as my friends. they are a few that i remember with very fond memories. what a big deal. i bet you have meant a big deal to so so many kids. you may not even know the lengths you have gone. i think a lot of people don't realize that??! makes you think. it is the small things in life that truly mean the WORLD. ( :

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  23. Happy to read that your job is satisfying to you.

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  24. Congratulations on all those driving bus years. I think you have to be a special person to be able to do that. : )

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  25. Ruth, my heartfelt congratulation! What a great milestone to pass!
    Now, tell me, just where did all that time go!

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