Every day as a preschool bus driver is a new adventure. Below is just a sample of some things I have witnessed over the last couple of months.
✅ “Steve” and his family were finally able to move from a small duplex where they were living with another family, into their own place. As you can imagine, they needed many household and baby items. Within a matter of days Bethany Lutheran Church (our landlord) was able to round up everything they needed. It took multiple trips but Yeymi & I were blessed to be the delivery crew.
✅ Every time that “Annie” gets on the bus her mom (or grandma) says a quick prayer over her.
✅ “Ms. Barbie, you are invited to my birthday”! For a variety of reasons, I cannot attend but it’s very sweet to be asked
✅ A couple of the kiddos give me a hug every time they get on the bus.
✅ Yeymi & I finally figured out how to keep backpacks from ending up on the floor…every single day!
✅ After a week of gross things (aka body “fluids”) on the windows, seats & floor of the bus, Yeymi & I were able to laugh at how truly crazy things had been.
✅ “Who likes ____?” – a game the kids invented. I am learning a lot about what is important to each member of the Bus 13 crew.
✅ I have a student who calls me “Mr. Bus”. This moniker brings a smile to my face every day.
✅ Even the non-verbal students respond with a loud “HERE” when I am taking attendance.
✅ We love playing “who’s-next?”. It’s a simple way to work on math sequencing as the route progresses.
✅ Every time we drive past houses that are decorated for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas, I hear shreaks of joy. Sometimes I intentionally go a different way just so I can show the children another holiday display. Oh, what fun!
✅ “Gabrielle” doesn’t say much. I have only ever heard her say four words – her name, good Morning, “here”, and GRANDPA. It is very clear that she has a special relationship with her grandpa.
Yes, driving a bus full of preschoolers can be exhausting, stressful, and at times maddening. But it can also be very rewarding and the best part of my day.