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Driving a school bus is memorable, rewarding

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In a person's lifetime, they are truly blessed if they have a career that is both financially and emotionally rewarding. I have been blessed twice.

After a wonderful 36-year career at Country Insurance, I now have a second as a 16-year veteran Unit 5 school bus driver.

I must say I look forward to work each day. Too see those smiles, hear those giggles and laughs, and to feel the touch of a "High Five" from these young souls, makes me realize "all is good in the world," at least for that moment in time.

The innocence of these children, their excitement for learning, new experiences and most importantly their caring ways for each other touches me deeply.

Yesterday, my mid-size bus was down for service so I had to drive a new, full-size 90-passenger bus. As these little guys got on the bus, their eyes got wide and their voices excited about this marvel of transportation, "the big bus," as they called it.

They all scurried to the back of the bus and all I could hear taking them home was high laughter and them connecting with communication.

These are experiences I hope never to forget - stay away from me Mr. Alzheimer.

I would invite, no challenge, any retiree to come join me in this once in a lifetime experience. The rewards will be so much more than the money! Maybe you can regain that feeling you once had as a 6-, 8- or 10-year-old.

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