Christmas Day Twenty and Five

What do I want for Christmas today?

I want all School Bus drivers to drive wisely, safely; to get their students to School on time, but safely; and I want other drivers on the road to be aware when they are approaching a School Bus with lights flashing to stop; for the safety of the children: let us do these things the rest of 2016; and then throughout the School years ahead.

Christmas Day One Hundred Ten and One

What do I want for Christmas today?

I want the children returning to school today following Labor Day weekend to arrive at their Schools safely; I want those who are driving their automobiles to work, home from work to be alert and aware of School Buses with the stop arm’s out, the overhead flashing red lights mean “STOP” there are children exiting buses; I do not want to see another child hit by an un-attentive, distracted motorist;  pay attention or you could kill, maim or injure a child.

Day Two Hundred Eighty

What do I want for Christmas?

Since this is the first day of the “work week”, and Schools are open, students returning and many of them on School Buses; I want drivers to be alert, aware, and watchful of stopped Buses, children are crossing roadways, and streets; loading and unloading students on the busy roads and streets across this nation.  Not just today, but every school day.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NKJV)

Day Two Hundred Eighty and Three

What do I want for Christmas?

Many of you who read this blog knows that I drive a School Bus as well as being a pastor of a Country Church.  I have a pet peeve that really bothers me while I am driving the bus, and our own vehicles so my “want” for today is because of that “Pet peeve”.

I want people who are out driving in the early morning, just before sunrise, to drive with your headlights on.  Do you realize that you are not visible at times, and a good driver makes herself/himself as visible as possible. I want  you to be visible, be seen, in order that you and others might make it to work, and then home again in one piece.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

Even Jesus said “Let your light so shine”.

Cassville’s Football Team – Two

On Saturday November 22 Cassville’s High School Football Team defeated  13 – 0 Chilicothe, and won the chance for State Championship.

On Friday November 28 six School Bus drivers, on three School Buses began a journey to St. Louis to the Edward Jones Dome – the home of the Rams – with the High School band in two buses and cheering fans in one bus.  The players, cheerleaders, and several others went to St. Louis on Charter buses, and spent Thanksgiving night in St. Louis, MO.  This was an event that had the  small town of Cassville really excited, and people volunteered to pay for these charters to send the boys.  They also made a little of it back with two other charters for Cassville to buy a seat for 35 dollars, which covered their admission into the games; at least that is what I was told.

In a car you can make the trip to St. Louis in about 4.5 hours.  In a School Bus hauling kids it is more like 5 to 6 hours.  I think the trip home was about 7 hours due to stopping to eat, fueling the buses and a stop to relieve ourselves one time.

Our Cassville team played a team from the Cardinal Ritter School near St. Louis.  According to some reports from sports people, Cassville didn’t have a chance.  Cassville was going to get stomped.  None of those things were to be.  I won’t even try to give you all the details of the game, or a play by play, but it was Cassville who made the first touchdown, and it was Cassville who made the final touchdown with extra points; winning the game with a 31 – 7 lead.

Like I have said a few times; I am no sports fan, but I can get into a good High School Football game now and then and I especially like those Cassville Wildcats from Cassville, Missouri.  It may partly be because Cassville is my Alma Mater.  I graduated from there in 1972, and nothing like this has happened before.

Those students we hauled to the game didn’t get back to Cassville until 3:00 a.m.  It was a long night, and day. 

The Wildcats are now the Class 3A Champions in the State of Missouri.


Tim A. Blankenship