I just wanted to send out a quick note to remind you that this is Bus Driver Appreciation week in Cherokee County. First of all let me say I am a school bus driver and I LOVE IT.
I am realizing now that so many times there is a stigma that kind of goes along with being a school bus driver. And it really hit home when I was talking with a high school student about running a couple of different businesses, doing marketing and building a website and all of the sudden she said "If you're so smart, why are you driving a school bus?" You could immediately tell she thought that school bus driving was on the low end scale of professions. Not something admirable. And it got me to wondering how many others think it's a job for stay at home moms who are not qualified or couldn't find any thing Better to do.
When you truly think about it we are put in a position to handle, care for, mentor, protect, correct and encourage over 70 children (our future) every day two times a day. And we do all this while driving a vehicle on the road where we have to keep our eyes focused forward and backwards at all times. We are the first ones to see your children in the morning and the last ones to see them in the afternoon from the school system. And the funny thing is, most of us love what we do. Not to mention the benefits are great and the hours work for those of us who have other businesses.
Most of us say hello, good morning, have a great day or see you later, take care, see you in the morning over 100 times a day and a lot of times it is only to be completely ignored by the ones you're speaking to (this still blows me away) and this is your teenage children who we are training to be our next work force. This is one of the things that truly makes me think that this is a profession that is not as respected as it should be.
If you have school age child that rides the bus (even if your child is a teenager) please don't forget to show them, tell them, send a small note or gift to let them know that you appreciate the fact that they drive your child to school each and every day, and that they take their job seriously.
We are getting lovely cards from your elementary children and I love seeing how they decorate them and the words they write are cute and a lot of them touch my heart. It sure does make me able to say "I love being a bus driver!"
The Home Inspectors Wife