I was really hoping for no snow accumulation this Winter; especially during the work, school week. I was looking forward to getting out of school on May 16, but now that is not going to happen; it could be a day or two later now. A day or two will not hurt.
It is best when that snow fall starts accumulating that the buses stay off the road. It is safer for the students on the bus, the drivers, and for the schools. I was thankful that they called me plenty early this morning to inform me by their automated School Reach system. It is a system which notifies all the drivers, students and teachers at the same time; or near it anyway. I received my call at 4:35 a.m. I usually leave around 5:25 when I am riding with another driver into the bus garage.
This is our first measurable snowfall for 2012 Winter. It is the first school day cancelled due to weather; and I hope the last. But who knows about tomorrow.
The snow sure is pretty, covering all the ugly of the yard, and putting some niceties to the forms of trees. I still do not like Winter, cold or snow, but I can enjoy it; and be thankful and appreciative of it.
Just sit back, if you can, stay warm and praise the Lord for His beauty.
There is a thing that seems to constantly sneak up on you. Most of you can probably figure out what I am talking about by the title. It’s Time Again… that the sun comes up a little later of the morning. It’s Time Again… that the sun sets a little earlier in the evening. It’s Time Again… for a whole lot of things.
Can you believe that children are preparing for returning to school? When I was a kid I hated School and loved the Summer break. My problem was that the nine months of School lasted for nine years, and Summer break only for three days. However, It is that time again that Schools will be opening their doors to millions of School children; in the School for which I drive a School bus; that will only be in the 15 hundreds plus range.
Last year at this time I was really wondering if I would be driving anymore due to my high blood pressure, but I did, though I had problems with it a little later and was suspended from driving for two weeks because of it. I failed my physical provided by the School. I then went to my Physician and they worked with me, got my blood pressure down to an acceptable level, approved me for 3 months, but then, I guess it was not controlled.
Now, this year, on the eighth of August I went to the Physical provided by the School and my blood pressure was in the normal range, and I passed. Thank the Lord. For the past six months or so, when I check my BP it has been good, and for that I am grateful.
I guess I enjoy driving 50 or so screaming kids to and from School or something. I enjoy the people I work with. The drivers, the mechanics, and administration are all like a part of a family, and it seems that all are treated with great respect. School has not even started yet, and we have eight Sub drivers. At the end of the School year we only had one. The School gave the drivers a little pay raise, and every little bit helps. Thank YOU Lord.
It’s Time Again… at least about time; for the people on the highways to keep their eyes and ears open for the sight of those big yellow monsters, called School buses, and the little ones who will be riding them.
IT’S TIME AGAIN…
-Tim A. Blankenship