We all know that some days are memorable, good or bad.  I recently had a good memorable day from beginning to end.  I decided to try to relate it from end to beginning, just to be different.

The end of my good day was when a friend gave me and another friend a ride home from a meeting, because the bus we would have used had stopped running.  The meeting my friends and I had attended was the fantastically informational Indivisible Evanston meeting with speakers Willie Shaw and Jill Wine-Banks.  This gathering allowed me to meet Megan Kathleen Mulay and Aileen Bhandari, both running for Cook County judgeships.

I have to jump back to the beginning of the good day, when a bus driver allowed me to ride even though my transit card said “insufficient funds.” I asked him what I should do when the machine would not accept it.  He said, “Take a seat.” I thanked him profusely.

 I exited the bus at a CTA train station behind a senior citizen who had struggled to lift her cumbersome cart onto the bus when she boarded.

I stopped at a machine to put money on my card and then hurried to the stairs to see if the senior needed help.  She had disappeared.  When I reached the landing between the two sets of stairs, I saw an Asian woman (the senior was Caucasian) leaving her little boy on the steps while she lifted the senior’s cart with one hand and held her little boy’s stroller with the other. 

Oh, my goodness. The sight of this woman‘s respect and assistance for a senior stranger was touching.  When the woman came back down the stairs and took her little son’s hand, I loudly told her how wonderful she was. 

She gave a little giggle. 

We hugged after she and I smiled and smiled at each other and wished each other a wonderful day.  Her little boy (maybe 3 years old) waved and said good bye to me as we parted. 

There are still people and cultures that respect seniors.  Thank goodness.

 A most memorable day.

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...