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School Bus Driver and 5-Year-Old Girl Form Special Bond

Their friendship is unlikely, but one of the sweetest you'll ever see.

Waiting for the bus is not usually a fun experience for kids. But for five-year-old Anna Hopson, it's her favorite time of the day. The reason why? Anna just happens to be best friends with the bus driver, Arletha Sherman.

Anna was born with a rare neuromuscular disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth and she uses a wheelchair. Each morning, Sherman meets her with a smile and a hug before she helps her board the wheelchair-accessible school bus. Over the last two years, the two have formed a special bond.

Anna's parents became aware of their friendship about a year ago, when Anna missed school one day because she was sick. That afternoon, Sherman came to the house, just to make sure that she was okay. At that point, Anna's mother, Kathleen Hopson, knew that their relationship was something special.

"I thought, Well, she didn't have to do that," she told CBS News.

The bond between the two grew, and in April, for Anna's 5th birthday, Sherman bought a princess dress and tiara for the child and decked out the bus with decorations to celebrate. Anna was giddy with excitement as she boarded the bus and couldn't stop smiling when she noticed the streamers and Happy Birthday banner.

"All she could do was just take her hands up and say, 'All this for me?'" Sherman said. "It was just so overwhelming."

Then, as if this story could get any sweeter, Sherman asked Anna to be a flower girl in her wedding in July. Wearing a white sleeveless dress with a dainty flower crown, Anna got to be in her first wedding, a sight that was emotionally overwhelming for her parents. She even got to dance with her dad at the reception, which brought her mother (and we're sure a few others) to tears.

"I want her to have as many experiences as she can," Kathleen said.

While Anna's health is somewhat shaky and her condition has her in and out of the hospital, there's one thing for sure. Her bond with her bus driver is here to stay.

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