I turned the corner and walked down Frederick Street that evening and heard screams of car horns. Looking ahead I noticed a Public Transportation bus was parked diagonally along the street, thereby stopping the flow of traffic. It was an unusual position to see a long vehicle in. The bus driver was outside the bus and seemed to be calling for technical help.
Drivers became irritated with the traffic and store workers watched as the agitation increased by the minute. One driver in a Nissan Tiida, was being instructed by a pedestrian to drive alongside the pavement in order to pass. It reminded me of persons in our lives who try to tell us how we should live our lives. There was a passenger next to the driver who was telling the driver that the vehicle could not fit. The passenger closed the side mirror because it was terribly close to a lamp post on the pavement as the driver attempted to move on. The driver inched and inched until he came to the realisation that he had to wait.
There was an elderly gentleman sitting in the bus looking on at the young man trying to pass the stalled bus. He shouted. “Wait son, wait, you will pass eventually”. After his third attempt to fit, the driver of the Tiida waited. At this juncture, the bus driver returned to his vehicle ,turned the key in the ignition and the bus started. The Tiida driver and the others were able to continue their journey.
I was amused by the pedestrian, who was not even a driver at that point in time who tried to tell the young man what to do. The driver was doubtful that he could fit, the passenger next to him echoed this sentiment. It was the elderly gentleman, sitting from an elevated vantage point, in the bus who was able to advise the driver that he should wait. In life , I am always slow to take advice from people. Sometimes, I ask them what they have produced or done to be in a position to tell me what to do. It turns out that they have done absolutely nothing and I therefore do not heed their words. Instead, I marvel at the elderly people with their years of wisdom and knowledge to share with the youth.
Antoinette Sydney LLB LEC CAMLFC CFRMP is an author and entrepreneur based in Trinidad and Tobago.
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