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Boston is a crazy place to drive. Every person feels that they are entitled to do what they want when they want. I can’t imagine being a bus driver in this city. Dealing with all of the insanity of driving here while carrying such a precious cargo. It’s a shame that your efforts don’t make the news unless they end in tragedy.
While so many people jump to write about the one time you may have failed, let me take a moment to write about an everyday moment that I witnessed this morning on my way to work. Like so many of us, you’re expected to be perfect at your job every moment of everyday. If you work in healthcare, law enforcement, or with children, you know what I’m talking about. The clerk at the coffee shop can forget to add sugar to your coffee, or the ATM at the bank can be broken again, or the post office can lose your mail without serious consequence, but you’re responsible for much more important things and society demands perfection. You carry our future, our hearts, our world with you everyday.
I probably get stuck behind you most days, and that’s ok. You have an important job. Today seemed unlike any other. You may not have even noticed anything out of the ordinary, but what I saw was special. Today I watched you stop at the corner by the gas station with your red lights flashing and your stop sign out. The kids got on and your lights went off. Then another kid came running out. Your lights came back on as you opened your door to let him on. He and his mother fumbled to get his snacks on with him, but he managed. Your lights went off and you pulled up a few car lengths to the red light in front of us. The light turned green and the bus started to move, then stopped suddenly as a car ran the obviously red light going the other way. Maybe it was just another day at work for you, but what I saw was a school bus driver who just saved a bus full of kids. So this little note is a thank you for all of the unnoticed moments in your everyday. Thank you for keeping our babies safe.