When the bus approached their stop the woman moved herself and the buggy towards the exit while the child followed at its own pace and, as she passed, said 'bye-bye' to me clearly and gently. She seemed to think it is customary to say goodbye to anyone on a bus...
...how touching is naivety and how weak or defensive do our customs seem when a child breaks them. I love that weakness, and the unconscious strength of ignorance. It's not certain that our customs will forever resist changes - though that is what we imply when we obey them, so dutifully, and command that others obey also... or else!
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