To the Editor: BG mom thanks bus driver
Written by Deena Halleck   
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:42
Katelyn Halleck (who is 10 and in the fifth grade at Conneaut) informs me every night before she goes to bed that she has had the best day of her life. Always a smiling, glass half full kind of girl that's a joy to be around.
However, on Sept. 4, 2013, my sweet little girl walked into the house, after school, crying hysterically, gasping for air and barely able to speak. When I was finally able to calm her down enough to understand her, she said that she was having the "worst day of her life!" Katelyn went on to say that "Tim the busdriver" had a terrible secret of the day! This was going to be his last week as her busdriver and says, "He's my favorite, mommy! My favorite!" She proceeded to tell me she has had "Tim the bus driver" for four years now and he is the best! So I had to ask, "What makes him the best, Katelyn." She says that she looks forward to seeing him everyday after school, he makes me smile, he has secrets of the day (usually good ones) and he is really nice. My heart melted upon hearing all the reasons why "Tim the bus driver" was the best and all I could do was hold her, cry with her and let her let it all out for a good 20 minutes. Her little heart was broken.
Katelyn is special. She holds even the simplest relationships dear to her heart. Then it occurred to me, maybe it's not simple after all. I'll admit, I don't think that deeply into how Katelyn gets home everyday. It just happens. But the fact of the matter is that "Tim the bus driver" transports my hear and soul home to me a little before 4 Monday-Friday safely, and for this I am grateful. Not only that, it appears as if in the few minutes a day he sees her, Tim has made an effort to make a happy, positive impression on my daughter.
Your job, like most, is probably more thankless than not. But not today "Tim the bus driver"! Today, Katelyn's mom says thank you! Not only for bringing her home safe but also for going out of your way to make Katelyn's rides home time she looks forward to everyday.
Deena Halleck
Bowling Green

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