School Bus Santa Dilema

school bus santaThis is the first year I’ve had my very own school bus route and I don’t know the etiquette of gift giving to students.

There are many practical considerations:

  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Giving them all the same thing or similar things
  • Finding something that is reasonably priced
  • It can’t crush easily cause they may have to carry it around all day (some aren’t on in the afternoon)
  • It has suit girls and boys

If I were rich I’d spend a fortune on them but I not so I won’t even consider all the fun I could have with that.  If I had lots of time I’d make everyone a scarf and mitten but I don’t have lots of time.

Then there is the matter of personal taste.  I don’t really get to know them very well except from little snippets they share with me and the things I can overhear going on in the back.  One is a skater, they all  like music, one likes to read  fantasy, one likes makeup and hair stuff.

I’m fortunate I  only have nine students on my little bus.  It must be terrible for the big buses that have 60 on them.

Mine are a pretty nice bunch.  They are high school age.  A couple of them are in foster care, all have some learning issues but they are generally pretty sharp kids.  They don’t know it likely but they have all gained a special place in my heart mostly because I take their lives in my hands every day and that matters to me.

Tonight at the grocery store I did some looking.  Candy canes filled with Skittles should work for all.  Travel mugs might cut down on the spills in the bus though they have gotten better about that.  Gift certificates would run into big money.

So I’ve decided it’s just all too much and I lose at every turn so I’m going to buy themsnowy_owl_grande something I want.  I’m going to the Canadian Wildlife Federation page and adopting a Snowy Owl.  Each kid will get a card with a picture of the owl and an explanation that our bus has adopted a snowy.  Then when
I get the plus toy they send it can be our mascot and sit in the front window watching out for its kin over the winter.  I saw four of them on this route last winter when I drove it for a while.  Maybe we will see them again this year.

It is not a perfect gift I’m sure but I hope they will have some sense of having done something worthwhile and contributing to making a world for all of us.  That is what Christmas should be about so I hope they agree.




About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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4 Responses to School Bus Santa Dilema

  1. Vibrant says:

    How cute a choice it is indeed! After careful consideration it does seem like a best choice 🙂 Thanks for sharing with us!

    Love and light ❤

    Anand 🙂

  2. That is just a perfect gift Peggy, who wouldn’t love it?

  3. What a fabulous gift! It will bond you too!

  4. Truckingranny says:

    EXCELLENT choice! They’ll LOVE it!!

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