|Planes; trains; automobiles; and........boats|
When we got there, me panting and flustered, C paid the driver the money and he gave her a ticket. Then an elderly lady on the bus, who presumably had heard me telling the driver that I hadn't caught a bus for a long time and that this bus trip was C's treat, pulled a chocolate bar out of her bag and gave it to C. We had a great trip and it was only when we were talking about it later in the day that I became aware that C was under the firm impression that you pay the driver the money and then a lady gives you chocolate! Bus companies I hope you are listening because that sounds like a GREAT idea.....
There have been a couple of reactions to my story where people have commented adversely on my allowing (and thereby encouraging) C to take sweets from strangers. I politely disagree with them. In fact I would be brazen enough to say that children are statistically more at risk from people they know than they are from complete strangers. Of course I will do my damnedest to keep her safe and teach her common sense but I do not want C to grow up thinking evil is lurking around every corner and there is always someone out to get her.
And anyway, it feels good to believe the best of people. Maybe that's why we invited some people who we had never met - I say "never met" but I had read her blog so surely that must count for something - to house-sit for us for a long weekend. Ok, I admit some people thought we were mad - but hey, it worked out great and as the old saying goes "strangers are just friends you haven't met yet".