Thursday, January 23, 2014

Why I Don't Drive a School Bus

Whenever the bus is more than 15 minutes late, I fret.  Generally, I end up calling the school after 20 minutes, to see what is wrong.  This has happened three times in the past 2.5 years.  And each of these incidents are all confirmation for why I couldn't be a school bus driver.

1.  The first time the bus was late and I called was because it had broken down.  They had to wait for a new bus to arrive to switch all the kids over.  If you know me well, you know I am neurotic about car troubles anyhow, and the idea of being in charge of the safety of all those kids while there was some mystery ailment with the bus would freak me out.  What a HUGE responsibility keeping them all safe. 

2.  The second time the bus was late was because a girl completely lost it on the bus and they had to turn around and take her back to school.  Pierce said that she was screaming at everyone, calling them names, hitting the seats and banging her head against the window.  Can you imagine?  Trying to handle that while safely getting all the other kids back to school?  This child was seven years old.  Talk about a bad day in school bus driving.

3.  The third time I called because the bus was late I was told that a child became sick, and the bus had to take him back to the school.  Now this seemed strange because normally if a child pukes on the bus (which happens with horrifying regularity according to Pierce) they clean it up and keep going.  I wondered if the child had a seizure or something.  But Pierce reported when he came home (40 minutes late) that the puke was strewn all down the aisle, a mess of magnificent proportions, and that the kids were all shuddering in the back as puke tumbled down the aisles, looming towards them.  Yes, my blogging friends, this would pretty much be my worst nightmare. 

Readers, do you know a school bus driver in your life?  If so, go buy them a cupcake.  Or 10.  And tell them thanks.  Because I'm pretty sure they deserve it. 

40 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

My (honourary) aunt was a school bus driver for years...I've never had that much courage myself.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

My daughter has similar stories and last week the bus was late and the driver had got hung up turning around in a ditch but a log truck pulled her out.
Her elementary bus seemed worse for sickness.
I did a painting of the bus and the driver's husband bought it cheap from me as a gift and then when she retired (early) she had a different bus so I did another painting of that one and gave it to her on her last day. Now she is a hair stylist at her home.

A Quiet Corner said...

Sitting still and reading this, I suddenly feel car sick!...:)JP

Terri Buster said...

There is no way I could ever handle a bus full of kiddos and handle traffic at the same time. It was hard enough standing still in the classroom and doing it! Just kidding, but still wouldn't want that responsibility.

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

i am happy that i don't have to ride a school bus any more ... i have horrible memories of my childhood that i would love to forget. not good times. i say yes too those cupcakes. that would be super sweet!! & they would for sure love you & the kids. ( :

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I could never drive a school bus either. So much responsibility! Can you believe that when I was a small girl, high school students could be drivers?

Barbara said...

I think that has got to be one of the hardest jobs. I have a hard enough time when my two are fighting in the back, I can't imagine a bus load.

Jeanne said...

Never thought of all of those problems, but definitely not a fun part of bus driving. Glad I am a nurse.... LOL. Nothing yucky happens there....

Buttons said...

Oh they certainly do deserve lots of cupcakes what a job that is. Hug B

LONDONLULU said...

School bus drivers (and any bus driver, really) have always struck me as being the most impressive people - a difficult job juggling traffic, driving, passengers, extreme situations on any day. My hat's off to them! (We used to sing our school bus drivers an appreciation song at the end of all trips:)

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Umm, I think I may have left my bus comment on another post... ooops, my bad.

Out on the prairie said...

A tough job, I tried it while in college.Should have cleanup crews for the yuck to meet them,we did.

TexWisGirl said...

the suggestion of a cupcake after all that puke made me queasy. :)

Gail Dixon said...

When I think of how we used to torment our bus driver I feel so horrible. One day she took us to the wrong school she was so frazzled. I could never, ever do that job. Vomit, runny noses, and tantrums would have me running for the hills.

Sally said...

LOL I'm laughing at Theresa!

But no, I wouldn't want that responsibility either.

xoxo

Maggid said...

what a fascinating post. School buses are often in the news here - the media is always reporting some no-good-nic happening . . .
NEVER have they given us the "rest of the story."

Now you mention it, i can remember a few rides as a child where students were not their best selves . . .

Cupcakes - heck, yeah - and perhaps an advocacy group . . .

Thanks for the fresh perspective.

Z @ Kicking Kilos said...

It is a huge responsibility. I am with you on this.
:)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

My children only took a bus for six weeks during their school years. I had no idea! I do know a blogger who is a school bus driver.

mail4rosey said...

My cousin has been driving one for years and she loves it. :)

Her daddy is a semi-driver, driving big things must be in her genes. ;)

I'm with you, driving one is not my top choice of work.

Rob-bear said...

The man who steps into a cage of ions impresses everyone, except a school bus driver.

Blessings and Bear hugs.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Ok, I am literally laughing out loud at #3. Hilarious! But not if you were on that bus of course.

Betsy Adams said...

I certainly understand. We humans ALWAYS think the worst when things like that happen.. Too bad they don't have a way to 'text' or email people when things like that happen. It would certainly help with the worrying...

TRY (I know it's hard) to think posively when it happens... Chances of them having a problem are minimal. BUT--as I said, I do understand. We are MOTHERS and we do WORRY.

Hugs,
Betsy

Mila said...

We didn't really have that system in Romania, but there are school buses here in Finland, I think. I don't have kids, so I don't know how it goes, yet.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Which is why my kids' bus drivers get gift cards from me twice a year. Tough gig. Very tough.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I think its a very good idea to buy a bus driver a cupcake.
We don't know any bus drivers,
love
tweedles

Jo said...

My mom was a school bus driver for 30 years. I can't tell you how much I admire her, from cleaning up puke to always being on time to navigating snowy slippery slopes in a bus to getting up at 4 am every day, etc.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I could not do it…..I applaud those that do it well. So much responsibility.

Lady Lilith said...

Lol. Those are good reasons to stay away from the bus. I am also crazy when it comes to the kids. If they are more then five minutes late, I start to panic.

Linda said...

Agreed, I couldn't do it. One of our sons-in-law (or is it son-in-laws) drives a school bus AND teaches all day! He says his charges are mostly well-behaved.

Cyndy @ Back in the Bush said...

My best friend used to drive a school bus! I don't know how she did it. Taking care of that many kids would have to be so hard. Driving that huge thing would have to be so hard. Doing both at the same time? I can't even imagine!

Lin said...

Just the liability alone makes me cringe. Then add in the behavioral issues...

aw...forget it. They can't pay anyone enough for that job.

Michael Manning said...

I don't know anyone who drives a school bus, but we had some characters who drove (all good) when I was in Elementary School! I can still remember some of their first names, which is funny! :)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

When I was job hunting, someone suggested I drive a bus. I don't think I have that gift.

totschooltotallyawesome said...

I would never be able to handle that! I would definitely freak out. I actually go drop Aarya because we stay really close to the school butt earlier when we had the option of a bus, I still dropped him - I am so not ready for him to go on a bus :)

Grandma Bonnie said...

Oh school bus drivers should get hazard pay. I had a couple friends that drove school buses. They tried several time to talk me into driving school bus for our district. I held out for fear of driving such a large vehicle.

Marissa Ann said...

I know I couldn't drive a bus. I've seen a local bus in action here...the kids were loud, fighting, moving around and I could not begin to know how the driver could concentrate with all that racket going on.

I really feel for all bus drivers.

Angela said...

My kids bus is late all the time with different reasons. The problem is we live a good mile from the bus stop so I have to drive there to get them. We don't have cell phone reception so I am sitting there not knowing what is going on. Sometimes I will start driving out to see if I can find the bus. I did that last month and didn't see the bus so I had to drive home to call which my daughter had called my husband and was at a neighbor's house over a mile away. I had to turn around and go get her. Apparently I left too soon or something? But after you wait that long. One time the bus broke down and I was sitting there waiting and waiting and waiting. A neighbor came to tell us the bus had broke down at her house and the kids didn't know her so they wouldn't ride with her. The bus driver should never let them ride with her in the first place but it sounded like he would have let them go with her if they would have done it. Sometimes the bus is late because a tree fell across the road. Last month my daughter had cell phone service so she called to tell me a telephone pole had fallen on the bus. After talking to her for 10 minutes the bus finally was able to leave after the fire truck came or I would have been sitting there not knowing what was going on. I hate school! lol I really do. We had a wonderful bus driver who retired. I bought him a cake on his last day from a bakery. He loved it. I would give him no bake cookies and things when I made them. We can't keep a bus driver now. The neighbor was the bus driver for a few months and quit. It's a hard job. I couldn't do it either!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Yes, bus stories. They're quite the thing.

Annette said...

I agree. I thought their job was hard, but after reading your post, I realize they have much more responsibility than just keeping the school kids safe and on-time for school. Quite honestly, lots of cars on the road don't respect school buses either. I've seen way too many cut in front of the bus with the hope that they don't end up behind it.

Starry Dawn said...

Hi Lisa,
It must be a dreadful experience to be in a harsh situation inside a School Bus. I agree. It's a hard job to keep. I wouldn`t be myself driving a School Bus either.
It involves a lot of responsibility.
I sent you an email with my photo poem for you, Lisa.
Have you got it? I wonder...
Have a great day, my friend!
Thank you for your kindness!
All the Best,
Starry.