I was still injured but I needed a job.
I used to drive a “big rig” but then I was hit, by that bus.
I went through the savings which were sadly, as in most case, s never enough.
I saw an Ad in a local paper for a Special Needs School Bus Driver, surely I could drive a small van.
I applied for the position and they could clearly see my wounds but it was the ones inside that hurt the worst.
Due to my physical injuries I was given the troubled youths to transport to schools where they did not want to attend.
Many never even bothered to get up and shower and dress for the day, never mind step into the van. Very sad.
One by one as they entered my school bus I introduced myself, the one with the huge blue knee brace on.
I asked them to buckle up and not to swear (being a trucker at this point didn’t matter) I turned on music of their liking
just not gangster rap!
I knew they all had stories about how they ended up on a bus such as this. I did too.
I showed them respect and demanded the same right back. Friends were worried about me alone with them.
So many scary stories you read about children such as this. Remember they were the worst of the worst.
No one else at the bus company would drive them willingly. So they gave them to the New Girl!
I had a run in the morning where they were still half asleep then again in the afternoon after no nicotine.
Yes some were angry. Many had nice parents that just could not take it anymore and turned them over to the state.
Some lived with Grandparents God Bless them.
As the days turned into weeks and the weeks turned into years, two of them, I healed. So did they. We stopped listening
to music unless it was them singing to my great-niece in an infant seat while one played the guitar. They had
me to smile and make them feel welcomed each morning and I was their ride away from that school each day.
I had a solid group of eight who had been tossed aside.
Told they would never amount to anything. Have you been mad enough to say that to your child?
They were so talented in so many ways, I was so proud they stuck it out and rode both ways with me. I will always
remember these young people who not only graduated but in the end helped me to heal all the hurt inside.
They all know that they were MY SILVER LINING.