Sunday, July 7, 2019

A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER? ME? Part Two

Here is part two of my little bus driver story. In total there are nine chapters or vignettes, as I prefer to call them.
The pictures are sunset scenes, captured recently at Lake Minniwasta, so they don't have anything to do with the story. Hope you enjoy my writings and the pictures I'm sharing.


Smiles and Tears


September 1, and the first day of a new school year.The alarm clock rings early to awaken the bus driver. Even the drivers sense a feeling of anticipation and perhaps apprehension. After that first cup of coffee and breakfast, the bus driver makes his or her way out to that big yellow vehicle. The bus needs to be checked out to make sure that everything is working correctly. On a good day all is in perfect condition. No oil leaks under the hood, fluid levels are all up, belts tight, tires round and the lights front and rear all in working order.


  Many times this morning inspection can set the tone for the rest of the day. When something is amiss you know it will mean a call to the office for help as well as calling the parents to let them know that the bus will be late. Timing is of utmost importance to a school bus driver and no one wants to have a late start. When all is well, the always time conscious driver checks the clock carefully and at just the right moment sets the wheels a-rolling.



 Today is a special day for the little ones as this is the first day of Kindergarten. Some parents choose to take their young student to school for the first few times, but some of the braver students can hardly wait for that first bus ride.


  As the bus rolls to a stop at the first pick-up, the driver sees just such a young child, eager to get on the bus. The little girl in her brightly adorned pigtails, colourful backpack and one hand firmly placed in Mother's protective one, waits patiently for the door to open.A quick cheerful good-bye to Mom and she happily boards the bus, but wait, is that a tear in Mother's eye? Yes, the sight of her baby going off to school is almost more than a. Mother can take. A lump rises in the driver’s throat, the parental heart inside of you knows just what this mother is feeling., but we must move on to be in time at the next stop and the next. A few stops down the road is another  mother with several children , one of thermals being a kindergarten student. As this child boards the bus, Mother grins broadly and waves good-bye. Perhaps she is thankful that at last  she will have the house to herself for several hours.  You imagine her going back to a quiet house, sitting down for a leisurely cup of coffee and for just a moment you envy her position. But your job is important and sitting a little straighter in your seat you take pride in your chosen career.


These are just some of the experiences of a professional school bus driver on the daily run from the first pick-up in the morning to the last drop off at school. It is these  experiences that make the job both interesting and rewarding and one reason why a bus driver stays on the job.

19 comments:

  1. Such an enjoyable read, Ruth. I can just picture both moms as you described them so well and these major milestones in their children's lives. I also enjoyed your gorgeous photography. I hope your week is filled with many blessings.

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  2. So interesting.... I never got to ride a school bus as a child since we lived in town --and back then, we WALKED to school.... My sons did ride the bus --and in fact, my two younger boys rode the TROLLEY (street car) to school.... How many people can say that? We lived in New Orleans at the time!!!!!! Great place to live and raise kids.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. Lovely post, Ruth! I was able to walk my children to school when they were growing up, but I was that mothed with a tear in her eye when dropping them off at Kindergarten. I still remember those days so well!

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  4. Your story continues to be so interesting! I cannot wait for each installment. I did not know you have to check the bus out for repairs and maintenance. Do you get training on that; how to check the fluids, tires, etc? Your photos are beautiful! Three & five are my favorites.

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  5. i know all those stories since my aunt was a bus driver for a long time. She would tell about those inspections, students have their stories....nice. Your photos could be a painting for me someday....

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  6. I love this! It brings back memories from what seems like a lifetime ago. Eagerly awaiting Chapter 3. :)

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  7. Took some time to catch up on your posts and the photos are so well done. Also enjoying your writing; a new side of you to get to know.

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  8. Our grandkids love the bus drivers they have. I have fond memories of the Gladney brothers who drove my high school bus as well. Such an important job!

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  9. i was going to say i loved the first shot .. the sun view is just amazing ...but then got to the moon shot ... i can't pick? i do appreciate you sharing your love of your world/lands, your joy of photography and joy of daily life. thanks!! have a great week. pray it is what you wish for. take care. ( ;

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  10. Your writing is every bit as good as your photography. I enjoyed this chapter very much, and look forward to more.

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  11. Enjoyed these insights to a very hard but rewarding job.

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  12. to have an amazing job that you love is priceless. thanks for continuing to share your stories and joy with us!!!

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  13. Such beautiful pictures and I so enjoyed your writing on the first day of school as a bus driver. I look forward to the next chapter.

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  14. I will tell you a not so secret...every year, all the days my kids were in school, not counting college....every year when it was time for them to go back to school, I felt like crying. I was okay once they were gone, but oh, I so hated to see them go back. And we have good teachers, etc...not huge schools or anything. So not saying anything against the schools or anything like that.

    Ok, I LOVE these photos...they are breathtaking.

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  15. You painted a wonderful description of your experiences as a school bus driver and I could visualise it perfectly. Thanks for aharing

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  16. I admit you had me in tears with the one mother. Then, me striking a high fist with a biggo 'YES' to having a quiet leisurely day with the house to yourself! But, all too anxious by mid afternoon for their return!

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  17. I love this Ruth. I'm sure that you could probably write a very interesting book about being a bus driver. I know that through the years, many great friendships develop between a bus driver and families. I admire those who choose to be a very important part of a child's life in making sure they are safe day after day.

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  18. coming back a bit to reply to your comment about the name Bird's foot Trefoil...I was just like you with that name forever...EG would always help me out. And still sometimes have to think real hard. Same with Spider Wort...it always takes me a while rummaging through my mind to figure it out.

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