Returning the favour

By Kate Hassett

Returning the favour
Children give back to elderly woman who waves to them everyday from her nursing home.

For nearly five years, 93-year-old Louise Edlen, has taken the time to wave to the children of Arlington School as their bus route passes.

Known to the children as “the grandma in the window”, the children have grown to love their trips that pass the home where Louise resides.

So one day, when the children drove past on their usual bus route, they were concerned when they noticed Louise wasn’t in her usual position – waving with a smile from the window.

“It was kind of heartbreaking because she was always there,” Axtin Bandewerfhorst, a seventh-grader who travels on the bus, told King5 News.

The bus driver, Carole Mitzelfeldt, took it upon herself to track down the woman and make sure she was ok. She purchased a bouquet of flowers and brought them to her home.

Mitzelfeldt found out from the woman’s husband that she had suffered a stroke a few days before and was recuperating in a local rehabilitation center.

Once the students found out about her illness, they rallied together to put a smile on Louise’s face.

“The kids and I said too bad she can’t have something to look at when she can’t be at the window,” Mitzelfeldt told Huffington Post. “So we decided to take a picture.”

The children then posed for a photo from inside the bus and created the poster for Louise to hang on her wall – so she would always have something to look at.

Fortunately Louise made a full recovery and upon returning home, was greeted by her adoring students, welcoming their “grandma in the window” back home.





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