For blog #120, we’ll be talking about bus duty, a duty I don’t mind at all and find to be pretty enjoyable; I enjoy holding the door open for people, and I enjoy being a helping hand when people need it. I enjoy being able to assist others, basically.
Here’s what bus duty entails: go outside and stand in the doorway by 8:50 am, help people inside who are walking in, and mark down the times the buses arrive in the morning. There’s also bus duty in the afternoon, but that’s for another time to talk about. Morning bus duty is simple, but takes some waiting and patience to get used to. Because you are waiting for the buses to arrive so you can mark them down, inevitably some waiting is going to be involved in the process.
In terms of some of the benefits of bus duty, I’ve developed a friendly relationship with the other morning duty worker, and we talk with each other when there aren’t any buses on the horizon. I enjoy talking with him from time to time, whenever I get the chance to be outside. It also allows me to cool down in the morning, giving me something to do that has a simple beginning and end to it, with a fairly simple task attached as well. As someone who trained to be a teacher, I know the benefit of getting to know the kids, as it helps you teach them when it comes time to get into teacher mode. And one of the other benefits of bus duty is getting to know the kids. You can strike up conversations as they walk in, and it gives you a chance to show that you’re not a ridiculous or unfriendly person. As a student and a kid in school, it’s easy to think that all adults in the building are evil.