It’s been some time since I’ve had to commute on the bus. As a student, the bus was my main mode of getting around town (and the occasional trip home), but in my post-student days, I’ve been privledged to have a vehicle of my own to commute in.
A few weeks back, I carpooled to Hamilton with my wife so that I could attend an ethics workshop at McMaster University. After my business was done on campus, I took the bus from campus to her place of work.
I greeted the driver as I embarked the bus, paid my fare, and took a seat. Instead of getting lost in whatever was on my phone, I took the opportunity to watch the streets as we drove by and listen to the sounds of the bus.
I was startled when I realized that I had forgotten that regular bus-riders always thank the driver when disembarking. It was something I did back in my student days, and I was glad to see that not much had changed in the 5-7 years since I regularly rode the bus.
Given that I had forgotten this little gesture of appreciation and kindness, I wanted to take a moment in this otherwise dull blog to commit it to memory and share the sentiment.