My daughter's ballet class was yesterday and we took the RTD bus home. It was only our second time, and I was...concerned? nervous? Kinda both. I'm not an expert at this, but mostly you just have to remember a) the time you need to be at the bus stop and b) your bus number. And keep your transfer ticket if you are making a transfer, which we were.
And so we made it to our transfer stop, and we settled in to wait 20 minutes for the next bus that would take us back home.
We ate some hot soup that I brought, and wished I hadn't forgotten our mittens because of the blistery cold wind.
I was glancing around when I saw an older woman walking by with gusto, sporting a cheery green scarf. She smiled to a man standing near me and said "You have a GREAT day!!'
I thought they must know each other, but she turned to me and said pleasingly as she passed by "and you have a great day too!"
I reciprocated "You too!" and she said, without turning back "thank you!!" as she continued walking briskly to her destination.. wherever that may have been.
I smiled to myself and turned my head to the direction of the man she had first greeted. I saw he was smiling to himself, too. I remarked "She sure has the right kind of attitude."
He agreed, "she does, and if more people would go around saying that.. the whole world would be happier."
I had to agree with that one.
I don't know that lady, and he didn't either, but her postive attitude brightened our day. It reminded me that life sure goes by fast, and often we are in a hurry. Sometimes we don't think about the little things that could make everyone's day brighter, even complete strangers.
Our bus came, and we hopped on. I realized it was the same bus driver that we had when we took the bus for the first time in November. I handed him my transfer ticket, he looked at it and thrusted it back into my hand. Last time we tried to engage him in a courteous greeting exchange, but it just didn't happen.
Sophie's cuteness usually charms just about anybody, but apparently not the likes of him.
All the same, I thanked him when we got off the bus and I think he grunted something in return. I am not sure. And I remembered, I have no idea what his life is like. And maybe, my positive attitude would rub off on him. It can't be easy being a bus driver, after all.
We made it home and all pieces were intact. Mostly. Unfortunately, I pulled the cord and "dinged" the dinger-thingy one bus stop before ours. It was still within short walking distance and we could easily see our house not too far in the distance. But just as we rounded the corner into our neighborhood, Sophie took a tumble.
For a split second I thought I had caught her in time, before her knee hit the pavement. But the tears sprang, and I realized I hadn't. I saw a scrape, larger than a quarter, on her knee with blood oozing slowly.
I grabbed her up and made the last trudge to our front steps carrying my almost 5-year old, my purse and a bag with our snacks and thermos of soup. When we went inside we saw our cat leaping off the couch from undoubtedly, a contented nap while we were gone. She was so concerned that Sophie was crying, she came and sat by her. A quick wipe down and 2 hot pink bandaids later, all was almost right in our world again.
We had to text daddy what happened and he sent a goofy-face picture of himself via our iPods, which made Sophie laugh and I started to set out lunch. But I didn't forget about the lady who wished us a great day, because that inspires me. I have always been a huge fan of random acts of kindness and I try to do my part. You never know how your small compliment or greeting could actually impact someone's day in a positive way.
And you have a great day, too! ♥