Every day for the last 5 years, Louise Edlen has waved to the students riding the school bus in Arlington. The 93-year-old is affectionately known to the kids and bus driver Carol Mitzelfeldt, as the “grandma in the window”.
So this past September when they noticed the window was empty, the children on the bus grew concerned and wanted to make sure their “grandma” was alright.
“It was kind of heartbreaking because she was always there,” 7th grader Axtin Bandewerfhorst told KING5 News. “Carol [the bus driver] was telling us that a lot of times she doesn’t remember her daughter’s name, but she always remembers to wave to the kids on the bus.”
They discovered that Louise, a grandmother to 30 and great-grandmother to 23, had spent three weeks at a rehabilitation center after she suffered a stroke.
When the children heard that their favorite “grandma” was sick, they wanted to do something to repay her for her kindness.
Louise was so moved by their kindness that the next day when the children drove by her home there was a sign in the window that said, “Thank You.”
“That made me really smile,” said 10th grader Cheyanne Holt. “It shows how much we mean to her.”
Dave, Louise’s husband of 53 years, says waving to the students gives her something to look forward every day.
Although Louise has difficulty speaking, she said, “I miss them, too. I’m trying to get better.”
When the children learned that Louise was coming home, they made sure she got a new message. They held up their sign in the bus windows that read “Welcome Home”.
What a beautiful story! Watch the video below to hear Louise thank the children on camera. And please SHARE if this story touched your heart!