It gets dark early on Bowleys Quarters Road in Baltimore County. For one of our riders on the Route 24 bus, the darkness matched her mood when she stepped off the bus and into the pouring rain. She must have made a lonely looking sight as she made her way home on that forbidding stretch of road a couple of Wednesday evenings ago. Here’s a (lightly edited) look at what she wrote to us recently.
“As I got out of the bus 24 and walked my way home in the rain, I thought I was so unlucky because of all the depression in life making me feel really down, when something happened. (Just so you know, the road's completely dark since we have no lights and no sidewalk.) A No.24 Bus towards Moravia was passing by. It stopped by me, and the bus driver honked at me and asked if I needed help. I wanted to tell him I'm good and my house was right over there. Most of all, I truly want to thank him for his kindness, but I couldn't coz I was having a fever and couldn't raise my voice.
It's just a very tiny thing. I wonder if the bus driver still remembers? However I felt much better thanks to that. I thought there are still people who care for me even though I'm just a stranger. It reminded me that I feel there's still love in this life, there are still wonderful bus drivers and I'm grateful to be alive. I was extremely moved.
The reason I decided to write these lines is to thank that bus driver, truly from the bottom of my heart. Like I said, I was depressed. Maybe the bus driver didn't know how he saved my day.
I want to say to him, "Mister, I really appreciate, coz what you did wasn't just simply helping a bus rider in rain. It was also helping a wandering person find her way back to life. Thank you. And thanks MTA for having great service. I wish you all the best in this world…”
Thanks for sharing with us the power of that simple act of kindness, and most of all, for reminding us that no matter what the challenges our MTA Bus Drivers face every day, they’re simply the best.