We live on a busy road and our driveway meets the road on a hill. Passing is allowed for the northbound lane. No passing for the southbound lane.
My kids’ school bus stops on a hill and vehicles behind the bus, headed southbound, have limited visibility. Every day, people rip, roar, and rush around the bus not knowing if someone is coming up the hill in the other direction. The bus turns off the stop sign, while my daughter in her wheelchair is buckled into the bus safely and properly, to allow northbound drivers to continue driving. If the bus is even ever-so-lightly hit by another driver, it’s highly likely my daughter will, at a minimum, have broken ribs from her restraints due to osteopenia. If we’re lucky, her injuries will not be life threatening.
If you have a true emergency by all means, carefully make your way through, but consider your intentions versus risk and potential bad outcomes before passing. I know people are busy. I get it. Boy do I get it. But for goodness sake, slow the eff down and grow some “give a sh*t”. That’s my daughter. My world. A real, live, human being with brains, a heart, and a life we value. Her disability doesn’t make her any less important in this world.
Ellie has the biggest heart of anyone I know. She’s genuinely the happiest person I have ever known. Almost every time she gets off the bus, she turns around, waving to the drivers who waited patiently, saying “thanks for waiting for me”.Next time you drive by after waiting behind her bus, or any bus for that matter, I ask you, please wave back with a smile onyour face and pat yourself on the back for being a worthy member of society and part of the safety network keeping kids safe!
Please drive responsibly. Thanks for listening.
[Steps off soapbox]
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Courtney is Ellie's mom. She and her villiage have been raising Ellie (and her big brother Nathan) and learning how to live with and manage life around Ellie's physical disabilities and special needs. It's not easy but our villiage is amazing. Thank you to all of you who support us, love us, and provide hope, wishes and prayers.