I came out of the building and turned towards the ramp. A young mother was pushing a double pram up towards the store. When she saw me she got a guilty look and began to rush up. I immediately waved to her and called out, "Don't rush! I'm comfortably seated." It's a fairly long ramp so she slowed down and continued her way up. We had a brief interchange - one that gave me pause, here it is:
"Thank you for your patience," she said.
I indicated the kids she was pushing and said, "Well if we want kids to learn patience, we'd better show them from early on how it's done."
"That's very kind of you," she said.
I said, "Not at all, not at all."
"But," she said, "isn't patience at the heart of kindness?"
I laughed. I don't know why. Perhaps simply because I didn't know what to say.
It was a nice, simple, moment with another person.
But gosh it's got me thinking.
Over to you.