Last year on January 25th, I was at work and Hayden sent me this text message. I read it and I started shaking and getting really nervous. At first I couldn't think. What does he mean "We just hit a guy?" Was he in his truck, if so, he's not allowed to have other drivers in his truck, then I thought, no, he wouldn't do that, then I thought, is he with someone else? Is he with Eric? What does he mean "I'm pretty sure we decapitated him"? That's awful! Is this a joke? No it couldn't be, Hayden does not joke like that at all and this is not funny.
Then, I realized he was on the school bus heading to a basketball game and I knew this was no joke.
I immediately tried to call him, but his phone was busy. I heard mine beep, meaning that he was trying to call me, but I was trying to call him at the same time and we could not reach each other. We did this for a few minutes and my heart rate was going up. Finally I reached him and he told me what happened. He said that while they were on the bus heading up north to play a game in another town, the bus hit and ran over a guy on a motorcycle. It was awful!
I asked how the other kids were handling it and he said that some of the girls were crying, but that overall they were handling it okay. He said that all of the kids were stoic and serious. There was no goofing off or coarse jesting. I told him that as a Christian and a leader in his class he should try to be strong for the other kids on the bus and be a support to them. He said he would.
I was so concerned for him and told him to try not to think about it and to pray about it. I told him I was so sorry he had to see that. I kept asking him if he was doing okay after seeing such a site and he kept reassuring me he was. I was so upset. This is not something that any mother would want their child to see.
We later learned that the guy on the motorcycle was merging onto the freeway and he sped up to get ahead of the bus, but he went to fast, started wobbling and then fell over rolling a few times and then went under the bus. It was not our bus drivers fault, but she has been having a very difficult time with it. To all of us parents, she is a hero, but she doesn't feel like one.
The next day they offered the students counseling and Hayden said none of them went. We wondered why and I think it's because all of the kids had cell phones and were able to talk to their parents. They also helped each other a lot while they were waiting on the bus for two hours during the investigation and the long ride home.
A few days later all the boys and girls basketball players that were on the bus made a big thank you poster for Sarah and they all signed it and took a picture of themselves and sent it to her. It made me cry.
It's been a year since this incident, but it is still fresh on our minds, especially since we are approaching the one year anniversary of it. Please say a little prayer for the man's family and also for our bus driver, Sarah. She's back to driving the bus again, but she no longer does the long distant drives, she just stays local.
One more thing, make sure you tell your loved ones that you do love them and hug them close, you never know when life might take an unexpected turn!
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear." Psalm 46:1-2a