Gypsy Girl On a German Bus
--by swirly023, posted Nov 13, 2007
But not this girl. She was radiant. A beautiful smile across her face, sparkling eyes. She just stood there, in between me and my two friends. Flip flops, black t-shirt, short messy brown hair which matched her tomboy personality. A joyful presence. She started talking to us, and our Albanian friend translated for us. This little girl -smile from ear to ear- was called Angela. She was on her way to visit her grandfather in a nearby slum-village. I desperately searched my purse for something nice to give to her, while the bus driver smiled and ignored the fact that this girl had not payed for a ticket.
Sadly all I had with me was gum. She eagerly put a piece in her mouth, then squinted her eyes because the gum was mint-flavored. It seemed like she had never tasted it before. She started giggling and people in the bus were entertained by it all. Then grabbed the big plastic bag she was carrying, waved and hopped out of the bus.
Out of our lives. But not out of my mind. This girl deserves so much more than her poor circumstances, yet she didn't let any of it get her down and there was something radiant within her that was shining through. I pray I will meet her again someday, so that I can give her that hug which I should have given her that day in the bus!
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for sharing your gift in the most unexpected package!(:-)
There is so much beauty to be seen, if only we would be more aware. I tend much too often to see the negative instead of turning all negatives into positives.
I wish everyone the eyes to see!
This just goes to show that true happiness is not made by monetary wealth or material posessions. Thank you Swirly for a wonderful story.