After a young girl lost her mom, a caring bus driver stepped in to help her in the simplest of ways that made a huge impact. Isabella Pieri’s mom passed away when she was only nine years old, and while her dad tried to help her adjust and take over some of the things her mom used to take care of, it just wasn’t the same, especially when it came to doing her hair in the morning. That’s where her bus driver, Tracy Dean, came in to save the day.
After losing her mother at nine years old, Isabella Pieri learned to get ready on her own, but had a hard time with her hair— bus driver Tracy Dean’s simple act of kindness gave Pieri new confidence. @LesterHoltNBC has the story. pic.twitter.com/FhuUwuYsHs
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) April 21, 2018
- Isabella saw Tracy doing another student’s hair. While it took Isabella a little while to gather up the courage to ask Tracy for her help, she finally did, and Tracy immediately said yes. She could tell that Isabella was “struggling” and would keep her hair in a ponytail daily as she didn’t know how else to style it. All that was about to change!
- Tracy is a cancer survivor and Isabella’s story tugged at her heartstring. Tracy is also a mom of four, and seeing Isabella’s situation made her think of what her own kids would do without their mom around. She knew how hard it must be for Isabella and was all too happy to make a difference in the middle schooler’s life in any way she could.
- Now, Tracy does Isabella’s hair every day. After they arrive at school and the other kids get off the bus, Isabella stays on so that Tracy can do her hair for the day. “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,” Tracy told NBC Nightly News. “She’d get on the bus and she’d say, ‘I brushed my hair. Does it look good?’ I’ll say, ‘You did awesome.'”
- Isabella’s self-confidence has gone through the roof thnaks to Tracy. Being able to walk into school feeling confident about her hair has really helped Isabella to feel better about herself altogether, and it’s wonderful to see. Who knew such a simple act of kindness could make such a big difference?