My dear old companion, my teenage car needed a break (actually a brake fix) and was not available yesterday or today. So I asked my colleague if I could join her on her way to school and of course she said yes. She always does. So does everyone else, including me in similar cases.
Our block of flats is a different story. There are some 19 flats here. I don't always know who lives in them. Some people come and go and have been here for months before I notice them or are absent for just as long before I miss them. There's this man who found another life companion - no not a car, another woman, before I noticed the first one left. Married? Divorced? Who knows. I don't care, really.
When I took my kids to school in my car, it was quite common that I took one and the neighbours took theirs and the other neighbours' kids were taken there by heir grandpa or something. From the same car park to the same school, three or four kids and about the same number of cars.
When we moved here some sixteen years ago, it actually took me about two months to meet my neighbours and actually talk to them. It didn't happen until some sunny days lured the kids out and their mums joined them. I must tell you, those two months didn't feel nice. Now I talk to some of them sometimes and it makes me feel more at home. But still: when someone asks me if this and this person lives at this address and I don't know, it feels... well... not nice.
Let me go back to my ride to school. I left home a bit earlier as I was going to walk for about 10 or 15 minutes. My colleague offered to fetch me, but I told her I could use this walk - it was just right to wake me up.
Suddenly, this woman, a mother of two lively kids from two floors above us, stopped her car and offered me a lift.
I knew I would be too early and would have to wait. I wouldn't have my morning walk. But I just couldn't refuse because I found it so nice! And it was. She's much like me, I thought - an ordinary person, not above others. We chatted nicely in those minutes.
I sat on a bench in front of my co-worker's block with a book, but still thinking about it: She definitely made my morning so much nicer!