One of my fondest memories of my brother was when he took a Greyhound bus from Fort McMurray to Edmonton.
Anyone who knew Michael knows he could sleep anywhere and anytime. So as he would he fell asleep while the bus was driving.
If you knew him you’d also know that he is incredibly bad at waking up. Like I’m talking he will swing at you. Which increases my awe of the stranger who became a good Samaritan in this short story.
Him and another passenger were the last people on the bus. As he came out from the bus I could see him wave goodbye to an older Asian lady. I thought maybe he knew her.
Once he was in my car and we are on our way he kind of chuckled out of nowhere and I asked him what was so funny. He told me that he had fallen asleep on the bus right at the first hour of the five hour drive. And that lady had tried to wake him up once once bus stopped.
He said that the lady didn’t have very strong English skills but he kept hearing her say over and over “way up!”
A very long time ago I learned a valuable lesson that came into play again this morning. While I was out running errands, I had pulled over in an empty parking to send a few texts, etc.
After a minute or two I look up and see a car approaching me. Okay, cool, someone else is here. It is a blue Taxi. Car 555.
He slows down as he is beside me, I look over and he is staring at me. Dangit we made eye contact! He’s past me now but he stops and reverses. He is again beside my car. His window is down now.
I roll mine down and say hello. He says hello back and asks how I am. Good, I say. He asks where I live so I lie and say a few streets away. He then asks if I’m married. Then continues to ask more personal questions.
Why do men assume that when a woman literally only “looks” at them that it is an opportunity to talk as if there was interest?
I simply made eye contact in a public place and he went out of his way to come back and talk to me. I did not wave or appear to be in danger or in need of help.
I guess I’ll just go back to my anti social bubble and not look at anyone in the event I have to live my life 🙃