Last night I was coming home on the bus but could
only go halfway as the bus I was waiting for at 11.10pm
had left at 11.01 pm. I found this out when a bus travelling
to Southport pulled up and I asked the driver if the 706 was
coming behind him and he told me it had already left. Ughh.
I decided to get the bus into Southport and wait for a bus
that would take me closer to my home. I had 3 American
exchange students for company. We all got off at Southport
and they were waiting to get the bus to the University. It was
good to have some company.
There was also a 17 year old boy waiting there and he proudly
proceeded to tell us that he can't wait to turn 18 so that he drink
and go to the pubs to get 'booze'. We all were shocked. Then he
proudly told us he is banned from attending any school in
Queensland and his brother has been banned from any school in
Australia. What a sad and lost soul. Where are the parents?
The University bus came and I was left to wait another 30 minutes
so I phoned my son and he said he'd be right over to pick me up. The temporary bus stop is right outside the Police Station so I felt safe. It
had been raining and had turned cold. As I went to sit down I noticed
a man sitting there wrapped up in a blanket and was curled up as
though he was in pain.
Another man came up and said "The man just got out of hospital, can
you make sure he gets on an Ashmore bus. I have to keep walking as I
have to walk home." Pass the buck you loser I thought. I went closer
and saw the man still had his hospital wristband ID on and a tube coming
out of his nose. The hospital was a good 10 minutes walk away and I
have no idea how this poor man shuffled all the way to the bus stop.
The other big question was who gets release from hospital at 11.30 pm.
I checked the schedule and there was no bus to where he wanted to go.
My son came and I said that poor man needs to get to Ashmore and there
are won't be a bus coming. Without being asked, my son said
" I think we should give him a lift home. We can't just leave him there."
I was so proud of him. Even though he was bullied at school, he has
become a wonderful, compassionate young man. I gave him the biggest
I then walked over to this poor man and helped him walked to
our car and got him to sit in the front next to my son as there was more
room. He gave us the address and we dropped him off. All he kept saying
was thank you and you are so kind to me.
I think the house was a boarding house and I walked him in and told
the other people to look after him. On the way home I told my son we
did something for another human being and I was very proud of him.
I also told him that there could have been repercussions if something
had happened to this man in the car. I'm sure he just dragged himself
away from the hospital without anyone noticing. I should have called
the hospital, but I was too tired. The main thing was that we helped
someone without thinking "I shouldn't get involved."
He always phones or texts when I go out. Talk about the shoe being
on the other foot. I will never forget the night I came home at 1am -
shock horror mum stayed out late. He was waiting up for me and
asking if I was OK and why didn't I reply to his texts.(My phone's
battery had died). Didn't dawn on me he'd be worrying about me.
I should have used a pay phone to call him. It all takes a little bit of consideration. Being the mum, I said now you know why I can't
sleep until I know you are safely at home after you have been out.
I learned a lesson that night. We are all human beings and need to
be loved and cherished. Sometimes when something happens in our
lives, we get so overwhelmed that we don't always cope that well.
Some turn to food, some to alcohol or drugs to cope. I am so glad I
have a great son so that when I do get down, I talk to him and he
always manages to make me laugh. He told me that laughter has
helped him cope when he gets down in the dumps. I am going to
'Laughter Yoga' next friday and I am really looking forward to the
He is a very wise 25 year old. So people, laugh a lot and laugh out loud.