The bus passes by my stop just as I am on the wrong side of the street.
It occurs to me that I could still flag it down, but I hesitate. I am and have always been terrified of inconveniencing other people; who am I to make all the other passengers on that bus wait for me?
I see the bus driver's head turn towards me.
Brief eye contact, followed by a gesture with his index finger pointing downward asking me if this was my stop.
Sheepishly, I nod my head, still hesitant.
He pulls over at the side of the road just past the intersection. I hurry across two crosswalks and leap from the curb into the bus. I look up at the driver and simply say "thanks" for lack of a better way to express genuine gratitude for the kindness of a total stranger.
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