Acts of Kindness
Little girl stays on bus after classmates hop off so driver can braid her hair
It's not every day you hear about a bus driver like Ms. Tracy.
Patricia Lynn
06.14.21

There are a million reasons why we love moms. Not only can they be loving, caring, and sweet – but in a lot of families, they’re the ones keeping the household together.

Moms also seem to be magicians when it comes to certain tasks, like getting stubborn stains out of clothes, finding lost socks, making the best lunches, or weaving the perfect braids.

Utah mom Patricia Pieri doted upon her daughter Isabella and loved styling her little girl’s hair in particular.

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One day the family’s world was turned upside-down.

Patricia passed away from a rare brain illness she’d battled since Isabella was three, leaving nine-year-old Isabella without a mom and with a broken heart.

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Her dad Philip, 47, did the best he could afterward to help his little girl with her hair, but realized it just wasn’t the same.

“She’d get mad at me for pulling her hair. I didn’t know how to do it. One day [Isabella] came home and it looked beautiful. I call her my princess and she looks the part, she plays the part and her confidence is way up, which is what I’ve been intending.”

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Turns out, there was another person styling Isabella’s hair.

It was none other than her bus driver, 47-year-old Tracy Dean. Two years had passed since Isabella’s mom had passed and Tracy had watched the little girl try and fix her own hair.

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The bus driver couldn’t help but notice.

She saw her board the bus one day with a much shorter haircut because Philip didn’t know what else to do. It usually isn’t an easy task for girls to comb and style their own hair at a young age, but Isabella was doing the best she could.

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Tracy has four kids herself, one close to Isabella’s age. She knew that at this age, girls allow their appearance to impact their self-esteem.

So Tracy started holding Isabella back after the other kids hopped off the bus just so she could quickly brush and style Isabella’s hair.

“I could tell she was struggling with her hair. We usually do two French braids first and once in a while she just wants one braid. I also taught her how to brush her hair. She’d get on the bus and she’d say, ‘I brushed my hair. Does it look good? I’ll say, ‘You did awesome.'”

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Isabella’s dad was so grateful for this compassionate gesture shown to his daughter.

“She’s such a nice woman.”

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Tracey doesn’t mind that her workday is delayed just a bit in order to help Isabella with her hair.

She also has battled cancer and thought to herself, “What if it were my child?”

“It’s just the way my mom raised me, to be nice to everyone—people who need a little love in their life. I like to give all of the kids a chance—even the naughty kids.”

As a parent, you’re hopeful that there are kind people that’ll help look out for your child when you’re not around. In this case, Tracy proved to be a real earth angel.

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By Patricia Lynn
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Patricia Lynn is a senior writer at Shareably. Patricia is based out of San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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