I wait…

One of the cool things about being on the road is that you generally pay a bit more attention to the people around you. Especially if you are spending most of your time alone.

This trip has been particularly ripe with characters – interesting folks that pop into my world for a bus ride, a coffee, a meal, or just a sentence or two – and then they are gone.

A few days ago, I was sitting on a bench waiting for my bus at the Rideau Centre. An elderly woman walked over carefully, deliberately, and sat down right beside me. We watched 3 buses pull up together, empty, reload and wait for the light to turn green. Then all together they pulled away.

The woman turned to me and said:

“The buses all come at once
like a funeral procession.
Then, they all leave at once.
I wait for the next funeral.”

Then she stood up and walked back to the bus shelter.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

3 thoughts on “I wait…

  • August 14, 2006 at 4:00 pm

    Oh no! I pitched the decoder ring with the shreddies box… what will I do?

  • August 14, 2006 at 4:16 pm

    The crow flies west with the sunset and the blue rose.
    *taps nose, winks, and then fades into the background*
    I’ve been feeling rotten, really not myself, and crazy busy over the past few days…I’m sorry I haven’t managed to see you. I’m a rotten, rotten SB and will owe you your favourite food at your favourite place-at-which-to-eat-it. 🙁


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