The year Craig Davidson's writing career cratered, he was broke, depressed and desperate. He wasn't suited for the menial jobs he interviewed for and didn't get them. One morning, a pamphlet arrived in his mailbox. School bus drivers were needed. He needed money and the hours might mean he could write and re-establish his career. At the interview, he expected to enjoy more rejection but he was hired, passed the training and was assigned to a route. Tentatively, the company offered him a route where he would be responsible for conveying special needs students to school. To their delight (few drivers wanted to take on disabled students), he agreed.
Craig found himself driving a small yellow bus, not the 72 passenger behemoth, he had imagined. His five students had disabilities ranging from severe physical (his cerebral palsy, wheel-chair bound rider) to a non-verbal autistic boy. The route was a fit. Craig got to know the students and with wonderful patience and a burgeoning understanding, they spent a great year together. They learned from each other, they told stories, they laughed.
This is a short book but it is rich in insight. The next time I see a visibly disabled person or someone who isn't "acting normal", I will try to treat that person as I would anyone else. No staring, no avoidance. This is a book not to miss.
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