Monday, August 26, 2019

A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER? ME? Part Three

Here is part three of my School Bus story. I felt this would be a good time to share another vignette, as I start back to work next week.
Of course the pictures have nothing to do with the text.
All the pictures were taken at The English Gardens this last summer.

This segment is titled:
Road hazards


 Seasons change and the. Crispness of fall has changed to the bitter cold of winter., bringing with it another set of challenges for the bus driver, A soft snowfall the night before has left new loose snow over the fields and roads. Overnight the wind picked up and by morning there is considerable drifting. Hoping that school will be cancelled, the driver listens carefully to the radio, but today at least there are no cancellations. 


Bundling up carefully, he makes his way out to a cold, stiff bus. Brushing snow off the hood and windshield the conscientious driver goes through the regular inspection routine, in spite of the wind and cold. This day brings with it a whole new set of circumstances. The turn arounds at the driveways can become somewhat tricky as snow has obliterated any sign of yesterdays tracks.


Because of years of experience and careful training each pick-up and turn around is made safely. As the bus reaches town limits, the driver breathes a sigh of relief, for the worst driving is over for now and the children will once again be delivered to school safely. The challenges have been faced and met successfully and deep inside, each driver feels a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment for a job well done.  


  The arrival of spring also brings some trying conditions. Where, in winter you try to cope with snow, in spring you face seemingly endless stretches of road that has turned into a thick and slippery puddle of mud. Everyone looks forward to the roads drying up but that usually leaves ruts and potholes to contend with.


Bus drivers are often heard complaining about the roads but if we were honest, I believe we would all admit that when we have conquered a particularly difficult stretch of road successfully, we know that this is what it means to be a professional driver, and that feels good.

Happy and safe travels for another year.

19 comments:

LC said...

Kudos to you and fellow drivers! Conscientious school bus drivers are largely unsung heroes. After my husband retired from his news editor post, he was a school bus driver for 11 years. In our South Mississippi town, heat made driving in the early and late months of the school year grueling. The buses were not air conditioned and the oldest ones were not even insulated. Bad new in 80-90F temperatures and high humidity! Fortunately after a couple years he was assigned a newer insulated bus, and he no longer had to be as concerned about his own health or that of the students packed into the bus.

Debby Ray said...

It takes a very special person to do this job and do it well. I am so sure you do it VERY well. Great post!

happyone said...

May you have safe travels each and every day this year as you drive your bus!
The flower pictures are so very pretty.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I find your driving stories so interesting! I would think it can be so hard and dangerous at times. And these flowers are stunning. Especially the second picture, which is my favorite.

Laurel Wood said...

I love these stories and your wonderful photography. My late dad was a bus driver for the City of Atlanta back in the 40's and 50's. Like you, he was a good driver and very conscientious. Bless you for what you do. Thank you very much for your prayer for my nephew. The prayers were answered...update on blog. xo

Rose said...

I could not do your job, but I feel some people that do it are simply gifted....they are so good at it and enjoy it. I wish you well this year...I enjoy hearing about it.

Lois Evensen said...

All so true. It has to be a difficult job and often so underappreciated. Yay for you!

Hootin' Anni said...

It's dangerous at times. You do good. Too bad EVERY driver on the road can't read your posts and realize your cautious, educated training skills & slow down.

Hootin' Anni said...

It's dangerous at times. You do good. Too bad EVERY driver on the road can't read your posts and realize your cautious, educated training skills & slow down.

Sandra said...

I am truly impressed at all the years you have driven under these conditions. I don't remember you ever talking about traffic. Is that a problem? if you were driving here, the weather conditons are perfect most of the year, but bumper to bumper traffic is the skill drivers need here... your photos are so beautiful

George said...

I rode buses to school until I went away to college, and the drivers were all very professional and always got us safely to school and back home. All of you are unsung heroes!

Mary said...

God's blessing on all the drivers who safely drive the kids to school in all conditions. You are brave and strong people! Lovely flowers.

Barb said...

I always envision you driving the bus and offering smiles to the children, Ruth. Have a safe year - may your bus be a haven where children feel protected.

Marie Smith said...

I have always admired the school bus drivers. A tough job under excellent conditions. In poor conditions, I don’t know how they manage!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your job is very important, Ruth! Have a very safe and happy new school season.

Rose L said...

I could never drive something so big!

Debbie said...

i never thought about this enough, all that bus drivers do and endure. i do now since "meeting" you!! you are the first smile the little ones see in the morning and i think that is so amazing. you are the person that gets them there and home safely. the pictures of the flowers are about as amazing as what you do!!!

photowannabe said...

Fascinating Ruth.
The perils of driving the precious cargo..
Kudos for a job well done.

Lady Fi said...

Fabulous shots!