One of our 2019 story contributors, Rosalind Lum, recently wrote to us about her experience at a bus stop. We thought it such a great story that we asked her for permission to share it. ‘Do share it with everyone,’ she replied. So here it is:
I ordered three of the previous Stories of Life anthologies from Koorong book store recently. Two of the books arrived. I was reading A Chicken can make a Difference. Really good.
I only read three quarters of the book. I did not get to read the rest of the book. This was the reason.
I would wish everyone at the bus stop ‘Good morning!’ if I were taking the bus in the morning. A Chinese girl came past me and I wished her too. She did not stop, but walked down to the next bus stop because we were early for the bus. She came onboard and chose to sit next to me on the bus.
We started talking and she told me she was learning the English language at the Uniting Church. She noticed my book sticking out of my carrier bag, saying she noticed we like reading on the bus.
Without hesitation I took out the book and gave it to her saying she will improve her English language skills by reading more books. She was so grateful and messaged me that night to tell me she has started reading the book.
I will keep in touch with her to see whether she needs help reading.Rosalind Lum
You can read Rosalind’s story ‘He is Alone’, about her quest to find her biological brother, in the 2019 Stories of Life anthology, Papa’s Shoes.
Pick up a copy of Papa’s Shoes at our book launch at Tabor Adelaide on 7 November, or online from 1 November from Amazon and Book Depository.