Yesterday when I was on the subway a mother got on with her baby boy in a stroller and her 4 year old little girl. The train was crowded and she told her little girl to sit in a seat by me. There were a few empty seats in between me and the little girl but before I knew it this little girl had inched her way over to be sitting right beside me. She tapped my arm and asked me my name. We introduced ourselves to each other and I thought that would be the end of it. She continued to tap me and ask me questions and tell me about herself and her family. She was so sweet, she brought such a smile to my face in the middle of a very long day for me.
As her stop came she got off her seat and said to me cheerfully with a big wave “bye Taylor!” I said goodbye and then she said something I will probably never forget, “thanks for talking to me.” She exited and as the train pulled away I saw her still looking at me with the biggest smile, waving and screaming “bye Taylor have a good day!”
This sweet little girl reminded me of how easy it is to be nice to people and how easy it is to befriend someone. I love how kids see only the good in people. They assume everyone is friend worthy and treat everyone as such. So why do we make it so complicated as adults? Why can it be harder making friends as we get older? I hope to be more like this little girl.