Monday, February 9, 2009
Adventures in the Back of the Bus
So today on my return trip on the Taichung City Transit System, I had someone to sit next to.
Two stops after where I stepped on (New Bus Pass in hand, purchased and refillable - of course - at 7-11), a portly hoodlum of 4 12 year old Taiwanese boys waddled to the back towards the only four seats available.
Three of them sat down fast, and one was left standing, staring at the only seat open near his friends: the one next to mine.
I glanced up from my book (Three Cups of Tea, a great read).
We made eye contact.
I looked at the seat next to me.
I looked back up at him.
I nodded at the seat next to me.
He looked at the seat.
Looked at me.
And with wide eyes, shook his head "No" enthusiastically.
I shrugged, and returned to my book.
Now only a few stops away from my destination, the boy worked up some nerve and crept towards me. He backed in and lowered himself down onto the furthest most corner of the bus-seat.
I couldn't see his face, but I could see him beaming reflected off of the faces of his three friends across the aisle. He turned his head at the neck, "Hi."
"Hey kid, how are ya?" Then it happened.
We were friends forever. I had to leave him all too soon though. But after I swiped my card and descended down the stairs to the curb, I turned to see eager eyes and two thumbs up pressed against the window in my direction.
It's good to have friends.