a little voice

We are very fortunate to have a kind and caring team of driver and attendant. Truthfully we have been very fortunate over the past several years, discovering kind and compassionate people behind that school bus. Our driver this year has even gone to the Transportation Department successfully requesting to change the route to shorten Riley’s ride time. As usual, Riley is the most fragile on bus 27125 and both driver and attendant do every thing they can for their precious riders.

This driver even has a safety habit that is new to me. She parks right in the middle of the road. No one is going to jeopardize her charges by illegally passing her stopped school bus.

Grandma Kathy and grandkids at Collier's Reserve, Naples, January 4, 2015.

Grandma Kathy and grandkids at Collier’s Reserve, Naples, January 4, 2015.

I am comforted knowing my son has genuine caregivers watching over his comings and goings each day.

The end of the school day, I stood by in our driveway as the school bus rumbled in the street. Waiting nearby as the lift dropped from the sides revealing Riley being released from the wheelchair tethers, a small sweet voice lifted over the din from the seats ahead of him. “Goodbye Riley!” Riley rolled his eyes toward the child ahead of him and lifted is hand in response.

Goodbye Riley? I paused. This brief exchange caught me off guard and I felt my eyes well. So rarely did I hear anyone beyond our own immediate family take a moment to wish Riley goodbye. Taking a moment to show Riley common courtesies is rather uncommon. As Riley is nonverbal and is not always responsive many forget, adults and children alike, that he is deserving of the same respects that they enjoy.

One precious little child does see Riley as a peer, and that his own voice will reach him. I know in turn that Riley has reached the other child in his own way. That this bus time will leave an impression on each of them. It has for me.






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4 Responses to a little voice

  1. Oh Stacie,it’s such a beautiful post…and yes, Riley must have reached the other child in his own way. 🙂

  2. Lux Ganzon says:

    God has already spent people your way to help you. Blessings to you always! 🙂

  3. Ruthanne says:

    What a sweet story, and what an awesome driver! 🙂

  4. Doree Weller says:

    Thank you for reminding everyone that the non-verbal are still part of the world around them; they just interact with it a little differently. Children see things so much more clearly than adults do sometimes, don’t they? Thanks for sharing; that was lovely.

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