Every morning, the students riding on bus number 7 in Arlington, Washington, receive warm waves from an elderly woman as they pass by her home.
Known as the "grandma in the window," she is part of the daily routine for the kids, as well as for bus driver Carol Mitzelfeldt.
But one day a few weeks ago, the window was empty. And the next day. And the next.
Mitzelfeldt went to the woman's house to check on her. She learned from the woman’s husband that her name is Louise Edlen and she was being cared for at a local rehabilitation center after suffering a stroke.
When Mitzelfeldt told the students on the bus, they decided they wanted to do something kind to make the 93-year-old feel better.
They posed for a photo of themselves waving out the windows of the bus, just as Edlen sees each day. Mitzelfeldt had the picture mounted on a large foam board and delivered it to Edlen at the care center.
Though she struggled to speak because of the stroke, Edlen told Mitzelfeldt that she loved the children and they mean a lot to her.
Fortunately, last Tuesday, Edlen returned home, and an amazing reception awaited her. Mitzelfeldt and the students put together colorful signs welcoming their "grandma in the window" back, cheering and honking as they passed.
And she waved back.
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