This is my middle daughter. She has been an artist all of her life, thus she is named Artist Girl in my writings about her and family. She was never very taken with English in general, and writing in particular. So you can imagine my happy, happy surprise when I got the following email from her. Where have these strong writing bones been hiding, I asked her. You’ll see what I mean.
The bus that I take home is pretty packed each night with people trying to head home. I listen to music to help center myself and just to distract myself from all the chatter and the noises the bus makes. I use this time to keep up with my social media and also just reading the news.
One day the seat by me was empty and then filled with this woman whom I never met. She told me hello and I nodded and smiled and went back to my quiet space. Her smile is so inviting and she had an aura about her that was so peaceful. She tapped my shoulder after a few minutes and introduced herself. Still to this day, I cannot remember her name. We always have to reintroduce ourselves. Anyway, she got my attention and she asked about college and wanting to seek higher education. She was wanting to go into nursing, but seemed discouraged about her age and going back. I looked at her and smiled. “You should do what you love.”
I kept encouraging her and letting her know how much that would encourage others to continue. She waived goodbye at her stop and said thank you for the words of encouragement. We didn’t see each other for another month. I kept hoping I would see her.
Another month passes and I see her carrying a bag almost spilling out with her text books. The bus, once again, crowded. She found her way to the seat right next to me. It was a really nice surprise to see her. We both said our hello’s and we started to talk about all the classes she was taking and the homework she had to endure.
She would share information with me that she had learned, in the hopes to help her study for her tests. She was acing each test she was given, according to her. She shared her triumphs and her little slips. She was so proud of her GPA. I am so glad that I was able to be there for her and support her in this journey.
Once again, I did not see her on the bus for awhile, hoping she was still doing well. One night, we were on the bus together and she was talking to me about her finals that she was studying for. In the midst of this conversation. a man right across from me fell to the ground, having a seizure. She and I looked at each other and she started to give me instructions on how to help her. He came to after a little bit. We got him sitting up and the medics arrived at the scene shortly after the event. We just looked at each other in just shock. Just how amazing life can be at times and just how fate can really play a role.
I am so glad that I met and know her. She is an amazing woman. I hope to see her soon and just continue this friendship and seeing it flourish.