Today, September 26, 2011, has turned out to be a Chamber of Commerce fall day in Lafayette, IN. Earlier today, I needed a box to ship some paperback books to a class in one of our elementary schools. Not having one in our office building, I decided to walk to the book warehouse, where we have a stash of such boxes.
The warehouse is located in the same building as the transportation facility, which services the 160 buses in the corporation's fleet. Many of the buses were back from their morning routes and were parked in the lot. Quite a few were in the garage bays having various maladies tended to and inspected by very busy mechanics, while a few others were being treated to a trip through the supersized bus wash.
Looking at those big yellow buses reminded me of the great responsibility they and the people who care for them shoulder each day. They carry that most precious cargo--our children, our future--to and from school, field trips, and sporting events. And they must be reliable enough to do this day in and day out, county roads and city streets, good weather or bad, from August to May.
Bless those that choose to accept that responsibility--from the bus driver to the mechanic to the parents that place their trust in the big yellow buses and those that work on them.