Have a tissue handy for this story because it will touch your heart and restore you faith in humanity. A real life angel helped a family in need – a school bus driver, of all people, who took the time to help care for one of the kids who rode her bus. The child’s dad, Philip Pieri, is forever grateful for the driver’s assistance after he and his children suffered the loss of his wife two years earlier from a rare illness.
As a widowed dad, he was understandably left devastated and now had to commit his time to the care of his children. With the challenges of one man juggling all of the childcare duties, coupled with the need to leave for work early in the morning, he taught his 11-year-old daughter Isabella how to do some things by herself because there wouldn’t be a parent to help her. Isabella is able to get herself ready for school pretty capably, but was unable to take care of her hair by herself.
Since Philip couldn’t be there to assist, he gave her a crew cut to make the hair issue as low maintenance as possible, as he explained to KSL TV: “I originally just gave her a crew cut because I didn’t know how, and it was all tangled and I couldn’t get it out for anything.” Isabella didn’t like her haircut and when it grew back, all she could manage was a ponytail.
Isabella’s school bus driver, Tracey Dean, stepped up to help the girl in need after Isabella noticed that Tracey helped another child by braiding her hair. She approached Tracey to see if she could braid her hair as well.
She was happy to help, explaining that she became more interested in helping the children she drove to school each day when she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and worried her children would have to grow up without their mom in their life. Tracey explained: “Seven years ago, I found out I had breast cancer, and that’s one of the things that went through my head — who is going to take care of my little ones? Not that my husband couldn’t do it, but you know, that’s what mom’s do. They do their kids’ hair.”
She added: “You can’t be shy, you’ve got to talk to them. You treat them like your own kids, you know.” She has helped style each of the girl’s hair on the bus every morning. Isabella said of the help her driver provided: “It makes me feel like she’s a mom pretty much to me. And it makes me really excited for the next day to see what she does.” It really shows that small gestures can certainly mean so much.
Philip commented: “Tracy didn’t have to step up, but she stepped up to help out, I was amazed,” while one of Isabella’s teachers explained that the helping hand was a boost to the child’s attitude: “I just noticed her head was a little higher that morning and she had a little more of a step.”