When winter weather in many areas causes delays in school bus schedules, it results in parents’ complaints about the buses running late. School bus driver Laura Dean was noticing other drivers lamenting over what the parents were saying and it led to an inspiration for Dean. She wrote this poem for her fellow drivers. Here is the poem, which other school bus drivers can relate to:
The School’s Holiday Wish
In the weeks before Christmas, when you and your spouse,
Go scurrying for gifts, as the traffic allows,
And school kids are thinking what Santa will share,
Us school bus drivers are extra safety aware,
Daily checking our buses as we prepare,
To transport your angels to school and daycare.
Inspecting our brake lights and the bus stop reds,
All safety equipment, and all tire treads,
Making sure we drive safe as winter weather spreads.
We always keep track of our route overlaps,
And the wide tail-swing corners and handicap flaps,
‘Cause we never want any traffic mishaps.
If schedules are slowed, it’s the safety that matters,
As kids cross the street with their fast pitter-patter,
So cars won’t go crash; no windshields to shatter.
And temperatures drop to freezing or below,
From winter storms of rain, sleet, or snow,
We school bus drivers want parents to know
Sometimes we can’t help but be late to appear,
Taking extra precautions so parents won’t fear,
As we care for your kids because they’re so dear.
In the holiday bustle, we all must survive,
And we ask every person to continue to strive
For the kids we transport to safely arrive,
We give everyone this holiday wish . . .
Happy Christmas to all and to all a safe drive!