*I do know that few people want my job. *I do know that there are often people who fail the tests necessary to get my job. *I do know that I spent a bit of my own money and a lot of my own time training to get this job. *I do know that this job helps my family to eat each month. *I do know that my 3rd to last stop is a sweet boy who loves his cat, and his cat has been known to chase the bus to stay with the boy. *I do know that I wrote up a kid last week for punching another boy, and it broke my heart. The other boy called him a "retard"---well, the boy punched him because he has a 10 month old sister at home with Down Syndrome and he is fiercely protective of her. *I know the young lady who has worn the same dress 9 of the 15 days of school this year--it's one of 8 articles of clothing she owns. *I know that some days, I want to hand the keys to anyone who will take them. *I know the young boy with Cerebral Palsy has the heart of a saint, but just forgets to sit still. *I know that girl is living in the garage of that house because they can't afford rent anymore. *I know that boy needs $2 put on his lunch card because his parents both lost their jobs. *I know that calling that little boy "Batman" every morning puts a huge smile on his tiny little face. *I know that most days, I love this group of kids more than words can explain, they are "my" kids and each one of them has a place in my heart. *I know that I have my "bigs" say bye to their "littles" every morning, because little siblings hate to see their bigs get off the bus and leave them. *I know that I lose my temper when so-and-so hit somebody. *I know his Gramma is coming from California this weekend, and he doesn't know -- I can't wait to hear the stories on Tuesday! *I know she is crying because her boyfriend broke up with her. *I know her baby brother carries a toy bus around all day waiting for her to come home in the afternoon. *I know this mom needs to get to work early, so I make adjustments to the route to help her.
I know that you don't see or care about the little things I see or do for the other 70 children on my bus. We all care, more than you may ever know.