Posted at: 09/11/2013 6:34 PM
By: Jenna Lohse
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Everyone has some memory or another of riding the school bus while they were young. For those in Hayfield, there's one bus driver that many people - young and old - can say they know pretty well.
Every weekday morning, at 6:50 sharp, Red Nelson starts his school bus route on the outskirts of Hayfield.
"I enjoy it, I like getting up in the morning, it's just something to do,” said Bus Driver Red Nelson.
While it may be a bit of a bumpy ride, Red says the kids are the reason he gets behind the wheel each and every school day.
"I've had three generations for sure of kids and it could be four,” said Nelson.
Over the past 50 years, Red went from owning a bus company to driving for another. He's been on three different routes, all of which are in Hayfield.
"When we started having our kids ride the bus it was just a funny happenstance that they have the same driver I use to have,” said Andrea Reynolds, former bus rider.
Andrea Reynolds starting riding Red's bus at the age of five.
"When I use to get off the bus at night I would always wave at him when I crossed the road and he'd kind of give me this two fingered wave off the steering wheel. I still give Red a wave and he give me that same two fingered wave off the starting wheel, so it's kind of fun, I know they're in good hands,” said Reynolds.
The kids think so too.
"He's really nice and he's good about waiting for you if you're running late,” said Caitlyn Severson, Hayfield 8th grader who rides Red’s bus.
Patience is key when it comes to driving kids around for five decades.
"I’m retired now, but I do this because I enjoy it and as long as I can pass the physical, I really enjoy it. I’m going to keep on driving as long as I can,” said Nelson.