A loving grandfather from the USA has bought himself a yellow school bus so that he can give his 10 grandkids a lift to school each morning.
Doug Hayes, from Oregon, snapped up the bus as a Christmas present, and it even has the words ‘Grandfather Express’ painted on the side of it.
He shared his present with the rest of the family on Christmas Day, much to the delight of his grandchildren.
Speaking to local TV station KSBW, Doug said: “The kids have always said, ‘Gee whiz, I like our school, but we would like to be able to have a school bus’.”
That seems like a fair enough reason to buy one, then. So, he did.
Hayes explained that five of his grandchildren attend a small private school called Paideia Classical Christian School.
Because of the lack of a school bus, their parents have to ferry them back and forth each day, which is a tough ask if they’re two working people.
As for the other five, their time has yet to come because they’re not actually of school age just yet.
So, grandad has stepped into the breach with this new purchase.
He went on to say that he lives around two or three miles from the school, and the children live about 20 minutes’ drive from him.
The easiest – and the best – solution, as far as they see it, is for Hayes to come along each morning to pick them up and drop them at the school gates. Then, he’ll drop the bus back off and take his car to work.
He continued: “It’s primarily about getting to spend a few minutes with them every single morning.”
Hayes thanked his wife, Amy, for the inspiration to make this particular dream a reality. She gave him the idea a few months back and set the wheels in motion, both metaphorically and physically.
After searching for a while, they discovered a bus that was suitable for the job. In fact, it was already kitted out with some of the things that they’d need.
It was pre-decorated for children with magnetic numbers and letters on the ceiling – it’s not exactly clear why – but it was perfect for the task.
Then, it was a simple matter of attaching seat belts so that he can keep the kids safe on their journey to and from school.
Oh, and let’s not forget the custom paint job.
Now, once the kids return to school after their Christmas break, they’ll be riding the school bus with their grandad each morning, which has got to be a good thing.