It’s been over a year since I drove a school bus, but there’s a strong possibility that I will once again be getting behind the wheel very soon. I would appreciate your prayers regarding this situation.
In the meantime, here is a true story of something that happened nearly 10 years ago, along with a little advice.
And remember, you can find a lot more stories from my school bus days in my little book, “Life Lessons from the School Bus.”
“Blind Leading the Blind”
Do you know what a “small bus” is? Maybe you know it as the “short bus.” Either way, it is a bus on which the physically and mentally handicapped ride to school. Fun, fun, fun.
One day I was filling in on what was called a “Special Needs” route. Being that I was not familiar with where all the stops were, it would have helped to have someone on board, like an attendant, to give me directions. You see, even though drivers are supposed to write out directions, the ones that get left for the sub drivers aren’t always up-to-date. Attendants regularly help with the “rights and lefts.”
Oh, I’m sorry! You need to know what an “attendant” is, don’t you?
Usually, on all “Special Ed” routes, there is what is called an “attendant.” This is the person who rides along to watch the kids in the back, making sure they stay seated and buckled in, ensuring their safety. However, many times the attendant’s job consists of being cursed, spit on, puked on, drooled on, kicked, and even looked at “funny.”
Anyway, I did not have an attendant this special (pun intended) day. I had a list of directions, but they were pretty vague. I might has well been driving blind, cause I was totally in the dark. I needed a little help. Then, I pick up my first student…maybe she could help me? Nope….she was blind.
Me: Good morning. How are you doing?
Girl: I am doing great! You don’t sound like our regular driver. You filling in for him?
Me: Yeah, and I wish he had left better directions to get where we need to go. I wish I had some help.
Girl: Don’t worry, I’ll keep you on track. (EXCUSE ME!!)
Me: (Puzzled) What are you going to do, whack me on the back of the head with that stick? (Yes, I said it.)
When the “blind lead the blind,” nobody gets picked up; nobody rides; and the Destination is never reached.
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. – Matthew 15:14 KJV
Teachers of the Word, be mindful of your doctrine…
Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. – 1 Timothy 4:16 NKJV
Followers of the Word, be mindful of your teachers…
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. – 2 Peter 2:1 KJV