Kids on the Bus Show 'Grandma in the Window' How Much They Love Her (VIDEO)

grandma in the windowThere's nothing sweeter than the sight of a grandma waving to a school bus full of kids -- except maybe that same school bus full of kids waving back! That's exactly what's been going on every day for the past five years in Arlington, Washington, where waving at the kids riding by her house was just part of 93-year-old Louise Edlen's daily routine -- and part of the kids' routine, too -- until Edlen disappeared.


Known as "the grandma in the window," local students had gotten so used to seeing the smiling, elderly woman wave at them as they rode past that they got pretty worried one September morning when her usual spot was empty. (One seventh-grade student even called her absence "heartbreaking"!) So their bus driver, Carol Mitzelfeldt, went to the woman's house with a bouquet of flowers and a note to see if she was okay. As she told the Huffington Post:

"I attached a note: 'To the grandma in the window, we’re thinking of you. Love, the kids on bus 7 and bus driver, Carol.'"

Mitzelfeldt found out from Edlen's husband, Dave, that she'd had a stroke a few days earlier and was getting better at a local rehabilitation center, thus explaining the empty window.

When the kids heard the news, they decided they wanted to do something to cheer Edlen up. Awww! So they posed for a photo waving out their bus windows and Mitzelfeldt delivered it (signed and mounted on a board) to Edlen at the rehab center. Check out the adorable resulting pic!

Carol Mitzelfeldt, driver for Bus 7, delivering a photo of her students to their "Grandma on the Bus."

Posted by Arlington Public Schools, Arlington WA on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

That face!!! Who wouldn't want to wave at that adorable lady every day??

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And while Edlen had some trouble speaking because of the stroke, she managed to tell the bus driver how much the kids mean to her. Of course, the feeling is mutual -- and when Edlen was allowed to go back home last Tuesday, the kids were ready and waiting ... with a "welcome back" bus! (Signs, hearts -- the whole nine.)

Is it dusty in here, or is it just me? Seriously, though, if you're feeling at all choked up now, be prepared to completely and totally lose it when you watch this video. No joke. On a scale of one to crying your eyes out, you'll be CRYING YOUR EYES OUT. But, you know, in a good way:

Warned you! It's okay, really -- you wouldn't be human if you didn't get a little choked up at that video. Feel free to rewatch anytime you need reminding that humanity actually is worthwhile. 


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