Listen: Cathy Light, a school bus driver with rambling passions

Cathy Light


Cathy Light is a rambler. In her six decades on this Earth, she has been an art teacher, a businesswoman, a marketer, a minister with a degree from Yale Divinity School, and is now a Guilderland school bus driver. She uses skills from all those professions in her new business, renting vintage campers. She has restored the campers — one plucked from a dump and named, after her mother, “Tin Can Annie” — with artistic flair. She delivers the campers in person, hearing the stories, both of joy and pain, of the people who are using them. Some have been used for country weddings or festivals, others for families who need a respite, and one — the S’Lumberjack, outfitted with an Adirondack theme — was rented by a woman for her nonagenarian mother to make new memories. Light’s love of the campers is rooted in her childhood in Ontario where her family, including her grandmother who had once lunched with the queen of England, went on adventures together. “I’m always looking for new experiences to learn,” said Light. Her philosophy on being a rambler through life, whether in relationships or jobs, each of which she pursues with passion, is: “Just because it doesn’t last forever doesn’t mean it wasn’t good.”

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