Doin the Wave

Whenever I’m coming home from my run, and see the crosstown bus waiting at the light on Fifth, I wave to the bus driver. Why? Oh I don’t know, it’s the pup in me I guess, who’s happy and friendly waggin’ her tail.

Sometimes he’ll wave back, sometimes not.

That said…

One morning around 6 a.m., I was on my way to catch the bus, realizing I had forgotten my wallet, forced to run back home. When I ran back, the bus had already turned the corner on 86th and 5th. Damn, I thought, now I’m going to be late.

I then see that it stopped before it made the turn through the Park.

Engine trouble?

Come to find out, the driver was waiting for me.

“Hop on,” he said, when I got there.

“But I didn’t stamp my MTA card,” something required from a machine before getting on the bus.

“No worries,” he said. “This one’s on me for all those nice waves you give me.”

Let me say, it takes a lot to surprise me these days, but that just put me right over the moon, that coincidentally, was still out, like a great big lopsided smile.  Unknown.jpeg 🙂


This is dedicated to Frank, whose moon has always made mine shine a little brighter.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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28 Responses to Doin the Wave

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    I love it when the old adage ‘one good turn deserves another’ comes true. Your acts of friendliness have built connections. The world needs all the connections it can get
    Let’s begin a waving campaign to acknowledge strangers that we happen to encounter on a frequent basis.

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  2. The bus driver waived the fare!!!!

    This is another of your heart-warming stories that I’m glad has been recorded.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Alien Resort says:

    What a nice bus driver.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Patricia says:

    Wonderful start to the day. Your kind acknowledgement of a man doing his job was rewarded. Kindness leads to kindness shared. Beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Dale says:

    See? Paying it forward happens from the little things like a morning wave. Lovely. Just lovely.

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  6. aFrankAngle says:

    I’m touched in multiple ways. First, the thought of the moon takes me back to Dale using my photo, and you commenting on the moon.

    Secondly, dedicated to me? Nothing lavish, just a dedication, and that made me smile. Fortunately for me, someone told me about this, otherwise I would have missed it during my blog break (which I need after the emotions of finale series).

    Last, I loved the story and the way you tell it. The simple deed of a wave, and wow – was it ever returned in a big way! Loud cheers for the bus driver!!!

    A big THANK YOU for me to you. 🙂

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  7. This such a nice example of the old axiom:
    “What goes around comes around” or “as you sow, so shall you reap” is the basic understanding of how karma, is supposed to work. In your case, what goes and comes around is a karma transit bus.


    • He was comin’ around a corner alright. That’s cute. I like being open and friendly. Doesn’t cost much but, I see it’s not prevalent these days. That’s why his gesture surprised me so. Thanks.


  8. Sorryless says:

    It’s hard to explain, but when a stranger waves at you it’s a cool vibe that comes over you. Living in Amish country, one of the running routes I take leads down a back road with some farms. The Amish are famous for waving as they pass by. It always adds a little spring to my steps.

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