Her name is Maria Garcia. Her son attends the junior high that I have passed each day since enrolling Jenna into a dual immersion program. Juan had taken the bus to school each morning – for a while anyway. Maria started driving him to school when the weather turned cold and the bus rides were even longer. Jenna and I also took the bus.
About mid-December, Maria offered to drive us as well. I thought that would end as the weather conditions got better – which they have. We’ve had signs of spring at the end of February (I don’t recall EVER having spring so early before; seems so unfair when the nation’s capitol had to shut down due to the storms of winter. Ouch!)
Maria continues to drive us. She won’t accept payment for gas. It’s really not that much. But still, not much each day and week and month add up. And I’m not spending money on bus passes anymore and so I have offered.
The bus has never pulled into the school parking lot to let Jenna out; there has always been a good walk between the bus stop and the school – and then I’ve had to make the trip back but be home by 8:30 – usually. Now I get back home at 8:00
I have been more grateful some days more than others. For the week of the sinus infection I was the most grateful. And yesterday was wet and cold. But today seemed rather nice. I think we could start taking the bus again. I’m not complaining. Hey, if Maria wants to continue driving us, I’m okay with it. And Jenna has been, too, actually. Though I’m certain that will change once it warms up.
Thank you, Maria, for your willingness and gracious desire. I truly appreciate it!