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Students welcome ‘grandma in the window,’ who waves to them daily, home from hospital

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ARLINGTON, Wash. — The students who ride school bus No. 7 in Arlington, Wash., have a daily routine of waving to a woman known as the “grandma in the window.”

For the last five years, 93-year-old Louise Edlen would sit at her dining room table and wave as the busload of kids passed by, according to KING 5.

Bus driver Carol Mitzelfeld said the kids feel like Edlen is a part of their family and always wave back.

But one day a few weeks ago, the students noticed that Edlen wasn’t in her normal spot.

Mitzelfeld said a few days had passed before she found out that the “grandma in the window” had suffered a stroke.

“It was kind of heartbreaking because she was always there,” 7th-grader Axtin Bandewerfhorst said.

The day after Mitzelfeld brought the 93-year-old a bouquet of flowers, the kids looked out their bus window and found a sign that said, “thank you.”

“That made me really smile,” 10th-grader Cheyanne Holt told KING 5. “It shows how much we mean to her.”

The students then decided to make a sign to show their “grandma in the window” just how much she means to them. Mitzelfeld took Edlen a photo of the kids waving from inside the bus.

“This is from the kids,” Mitzelfeld told Edlen. “They miss you and want you to get better.”

The stroke partially paralyzed Edlen’s throat, which makes it difficult for her to speak.

Edlen was able to tell Mitzelfeld that she misses the children and is trying to get better soon.

“It means everything in the world to her,” said her husband Dave Edlen. “It gives her something to look forward to every day.”

Edlen hopes to return to her routine of waving at the children this week.