Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I loathe the bus.

We often thing of certain vocations as being those that are in the category of heroes, for example firefighters, police officers, and military personnel.

I don't disagree, but those are also all jobs that I personally wouldn't mind doing. In fact, I would enjoy them.

But what about the "unsung" heroes?

What about those who do jobs that are necessary, unglamorous, underpaid, and generally a beating?

I thought of one such job this morning as I went with my daughter's 1st grade class on a field trip.

Boarding the bus I struck up a good conversation with the driver, donned in a lovely Aggie hat. My nerves were nearly shot by the time we arrived at our destination some 30 minutes or so later. Yet, the driver was still friendly with the kids and adults.

He repeated the same process on the return trip.

I thought to myself: "No way they could pay me enough to do this job, including the whip of driving around such a mammoth beast. Yet, how many of these folks are out there, picking up kids in the early AM (ours get on the bus at 0645) fulfilling a great need?"

As a student I hated the bus, especially in high school. I still loathe the bus. One of the high points of high school was when Joey's grandpa gave him a truck so we could opt out of the bus. Amen, Oil?

So, until the 6th of November 2007 I had no appreciation for the unsung hero of the school bus driver. But, for those about to roll, we salute you.

Are there other such "unsung heroes" out there? What can we do to show our appreciation?


At 06 November, 2007 22:37, Blogger Jesus Girl said...

Connie used to drive a schoolbus. I don't know which movie that is from though. The blog title that is.

Your Jesus loving sister in Christ,


At 06 November, 2007 23:46, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't God good? He gives us all different desires. I would hate to be a nurse, yet many nurses love their jobs. I would hate to work at a fast food restaurant, yet I have seen employees who actually enjoy their work. There are many jobs that I would loathe, yet God gives some the desire to do just such jobs. I'm grateful to God for diversity. And I also agree, we ought to appreciate more those who do things that make our lives better and/or easier.

At 07 November, 2007 00:55, Blogger GUNNY said...

Good point, Anon. My cousin is an EMT and respects what I do, but there's no way I could ever do what he does!

I'm thinking he's the "huah" one.

At 07 November, 2007 09:46, Blogger Michelle K said...

There has to be a more dignified mode of transportation.

Sixteen Candles.


At 07 November, 2007 11:58, Blogger GUNNY said...

She shoots, she scores!

Amen. That movie was greatness. John Cusack sure has come a long way, hasn't he?

At 07 November, 2007 13:00, Blogger Oilcan said...


Amen on the Joey T Thomas mobile - old red Ford Sanford & Son truck. Even though we had to ride in the back so Joey's siblings could ride in the front, and even though we had to push it to get it started, it was still greatness to be delivered from the pain of the bus. Plus, we had a great time surfing in the back, until the heat pulled us over at the stale spot, which really diminished our freshness.

On the bus, I am picturing you as the Chris Farley bus driver character in Billy Madison - all red faced with anger & frustration and ready to explode. Hilarious, but that would be me too. There is little else that is more of a whipping than a bus full of public school kids rising up and playing.

Here's to you, Bus Driver - Man of Genius. Is that blood?


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