From banana to DJ, mom puts on costumes to get the kids pumped for summer vacation. – InspirePlus

Summer is upon us and students all over the world are dreaming of the last day of school.


A Pennsylvania mom might be more excited about summer vacation than her son. Two years ago, Beaver County’s Erin Mulder started a fun tradition that she’s continuing this year. Every morning she gets up and puts on the silliest, most elaborate costume she can find. Then she stands outside her house to greet her son’s school bus in style.



Students and parents are now eagerly waiting to see what wacky outfit Erin will wear each day as she counts down the days until summer vacation. She’s run the gamut when it comes to costumes, from Captain Underpants to Baby Shark, and everything in between.


The idea of ​​getting dressed every morning was started by Erin’s son’s school bus driver, Rose George. Rose has been driving for the Hopewell Area School District for 4 years. She says “bus drivers play a big role in children’s lives too,” so she started wearing goofy hats every morning as summer vacation approached.



One day in May, Erin decided to stand outside her house with a sign to count the days until the break. The COVID-19 pandemic was still ongoing at the time, and she just thought the kids could use a reminder of happier days ahead. When Rose spotted Erin, she knew she could help the mother take her countdown to the next level.


“I couldn’t take it above [wearing hats] because I have to drive,” Rose said, “and one day, [Mulder’s] standing in the yard, holding a sign and counting with the kids, and I said, “Let me give you my stuff.” You can do what I can’t. Other than my crazy hats. So it kind of spiraled from there.



Erin took the idea and ran with it, coming up with increasingly extravagant outfits until the last day of school on May 27. Rose then shares photos she takes of Erin’s costumes on Facebook with the hashtag #Bus31CountdownMama. The whimsical daily routine has given their community a welcome smile every day.


What does Erin’s 9-year-old son Gabe think of costumes? Do not worry; he loves them!


“Last year, actually, a few kids were laughing about it a bit,” Erin recalled. “[My son was] like, ‘Mom, I’m going to stand on the lawn and do it with you, just to show them.’ I have never been so proud.



Erin and Rose have no plans to stop the tradition anytime soon because it brings too much joy to the lives of those around them. They noticed people in their community were kinder to each other, and Erin is now a local celebrity. Mums agree that after the collective trauma of a global pandemic, dressing up is a fun and easy way to make others smile.


“That’s what people need these days,” Rose said. “Everything has been so dark for two years. You need something that’s going to make you smile and make you feel good, even if it’s for five minutes, it’s still a pick-me-up, compared to what happened. And it’s fun.



Gabe, you have the coolest mom and bus driver ever! We like to see people who aren’t afraid to look a little silly if it’s funny. Sounds good, Erin!


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