Bus Driver Braids Isabella Pieri’s Hair Each Day After Mom Passes.
When 11-year-old Isabella Pieri, who lost her mother to a rare illness two years ago, needed help styling her hair, bus driver Tracy Dean stepped up. Isabella’s mother died before she had the chance to learn how to braid, and her father, Philip Pieri, told KSL TV reporters that he originally cut her hair into a short crew cut because he didn’t know how to maintain or care for it.
After Isabella noticed Dean fixing a classmate’s braid, she asked her bus driver if she could help with her hair too. Now, Dean braids Isabella’s hair almost every morning. When asked why she does it, Dean said, “Seven years ago I found out I had breast cancer and that’s one of the things that went through my head is ‘Who’s gonna take care of my little ones?’ Not that my husband couldn’t do it, but, that’s what moms do. They do their kids’ hair.”
“It makes me feel like she’s a mom pretty much to me, and it makes me really excited for the next day to see what she does,” said Isabella in the video. For this student, a great braided hairstyle has made all the difference in her confidence. “I just noticed her head was a little higher that morning, and she had a little more of a step,” one of her teachers said.
Dean said she treats the students like they’re her own children, and that it brings her happiness to see them happy. Cut to me crying all the happy tears! This heart-warming story shows how something so small, like taking time to braid a child’s hair, can make such a big impact in their lives, and how we could all use a compassionate bus driver like Dean in our lives.