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Whose Responsibility Is This?

Bus driving classes have been keeping me busy from 7:30 – 11:30 for the past week and for some reason, I am really tired when I return home.  I passed the written test this morning so that’s one more feather in my cap. I’ve got three more practice driving days and then the big, practical test early next week. I will let you know when I’m on the road so you can all be particularly mindful of your surroundings!

Bus driving looks so easy when you’re not the one in the driver’s seat.  I find it difficult to remember all the procedures but I know that with practice, this will come.  I’m getting a good feel for manoeuvring the bus but to be honest, the biggest struggle for me is whether or not I am willing to take on such responsibility for the safety of so many young people. From my perspective, handling thirty students in a classroom is so much easier than driving the same number of students in a bus. I am comfortable with the huge responsibility of teaching but I’m just not so sure about picking up,transporting and dropping off a busload of children. The obligation feels so burdensome.

Taking on responsibility is serious business.

I experienced a “passing of the responsibility buck” this afternoon, as I began the journey of zero-ing in on who is accountable for this murky brown, gel-slicked water that has taken over our waterfront for the past five days. It took seven phone calls, three transfers, four conversations and three referrals to find the right person with whom to speak and apparently, she’s not back from holidays until tomorrow.

The responsibility just kept being passed on. Everyone was far more willing to tell me who ELSE to contact about this matter.

It takes integrity, maturity, humility and a willingness to “go the extra mile” to be a responsible person.

The best-known use of the word, “buck” is “the buck stops here”, which was the promise made by US president Harry S. Truman, and which he kept prominent in his own and his electors’ minds by putting it on a sign on his desk.

The buck stops here


Apparently, in our situation with the waterfront, the buck stops at the Ministry of the Environment – I hope they take responsibility.
Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.   Hebrews 4:13


  1. Kathy

    This would have been a great assignment for one of your classes. How to get action from beurocracy !!!! It is very frustrating to play phone tag and “not my department” . Call Lois Brown. I’m sure she can direct you !!

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