Thursday, 12 April 2007

at the bus stop

how the confrontation at the bus stop actually went
(b is standing at the bus stop under the sign. she sees the bus start to turn the corner to get to the stop, moves round to stand ready to board the bus, and sticks her arm out clearly. the people round about move towards the bus stop, ready to board after b)
(a woman who was standing near the bus stop stalks up, stands directly in front of b and sticks her arm out, her every motion screaming of her annoyance. b looks at her with a mixture of curiosity and amusement as the bus rounds the corner.)
b: i do have my arm out...
the woman, very angry and incoherent, so i may have misheard but the sentiment was clear: you were standing there like a lemon!
b: (looks out to make sure her arm really is where she thought it was, before pulling it in before the bus drives into it. boards the bus first and sits down at the back, steaming mad)

how i wish the confrontation had actually gone
(looks out to make sure her arm really is where she thought it was, before pulling it in before the bus drives into it. boards the bus first and sits down at the back, steaming mad)
b: i guess you've stood here on a cold dark wet night too and had the bus drive straight past
the woman: yes, it's so frustrating when you're stood at the back of the queue without realising everyone else is waiting for the other bus
b: yes, i could have cried when it happened to me. no harm done, eh?
(b and the woman smile at each other as the bus pulls up and board together)

we can choose how we deal with these situations. what's the point in choosing the worst possible way to see the situation?

a lesson for myself for next time, i think.

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