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A Letter to My Kids' Bus Driver

Updated on August 16, 2017

Dear Mr. R,

First and foremost I want to thank you for what you do every single day. You trudge back and forth in that great, yellow beast with our most precious cargo on board. And you must do it well, because my William talks about you all the time. He is hoping for a male teacher next year, and I think it might be because of you.

Secondly, I want to apologize for a day I’m sure you’ll remember. It was very early in the school year and Anthony was instructed to text us when he got home. I was wrapping up things at work, as I started getting bazaar texts from him. From what I was reading (all in caps) I thought he had been stung by a bee and was having a reaction. I thought he was home alone and could be in serious trouble. I didn’t realized he was texting from the bus.

What you don’t know is that I lost my mom suddenly last summer. It was not a planned event. In fact, her car was packed to go up north with her kids and grand kids. Never having a loss other than a grandparent, it affected my every minute.

So I’m getting these texts. And all I can think is that my son’s throat is about to close up and I’m going to lose him too. I thought about calling my mother-in-law, who lives behind us. But, if she took a few minutes to walk over and then had to call for EMS, it might be too late. I couldn’t bear the thoughts that were running through my head, so I called 911.

I talked to the operator who called the district’s transportation while on the phone with me. It was established during this time that #1 he was still on the bus and #2 he was totally fine. I told the 911 operator that I was sorry for her time and that I did not have an emergency like I thought. She replied that there was already an emergency response team at my house waiting for him to get dropped off.

I apologize for putting you in such an awkward situation, and I apologize for not getting this letter to you sooner. I’m pretty sure if circumstances were different, this would not have happened. I’m not normally crazy, but was absolutely crazy that day.

Thank you again for what you do for our children. I hope both my boys have you again next year and that we can do it again without any drama.

Have a great summer!

William & Anthony’s Mom

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