Paying With Conversation
--by hpotter, posted Feb 20, 2008
I began talking to the little girl. They were headed to her aunt's house to celebrate the holiday. She happily pointed out her school on route and told me about her shoes that squeak when she walks. Her enthusiasm and smile were absolutely heartwarming.
While conversing, I noticed something unusual. The driver wasn't stopping at the bus stops en route to pick up more passengers. In my mind, I began to think if this trip was going to cost more than the bus fare. "Maybe I should have asked how much it was going to be before I jumped in," I thought to myself. But since I had enough money in my purse, I pushed aside the thought and carried on with the conversation.
When we arrived at my destination, I asked the driver how much it costs and he shook his head and said, "No cost."
I stood there dumbfounded. Then I looked to the woman in the back when it dawned on me -- the driver was her husband!
All I did was talk to their daughter with love and that was worth more than the shuttle fare.
and we should listen to them so as to help teach them.