It had rained and rained the night before and the puddle had returned. This puddle is an obstacle that regularly shows up to ambush me on the way to work.
Whenever I spot it, I loiter at the edge, waiting for a break in the traffic so that I can dash past it. It’s a good three second sprint so it has to be a large break in the traffic.
This time, the puddle was bigger than I had ever seen. I waited and waited. No cars paused, no break appeared.
Suddenly, there was a lull. It wasn’t much of a lull but I figured it was the only chance I would have. I went for it.
I had almost made it when a taxi cruised into the frame. Immediately, I flattened myself against the fence bordering the footpath, cringing in anticipation of the deluge.
A second passed and there was no deluge. I was surprised. The taxi had created a wave but it was going slowly so the wave was small. Grateful, I straightened my dress and returned to the middle of the footpath.
‘I’m sorry!’ came a faint call. I looked around. The taxi driver was stopped at the traffic lights and had rolled down his window.
He leant across the passenger seat and said again, ‘I’m so sorry!’ He looked upset.
‘Oh! It’s okay!’ I said as reassuringly as a I could.
It was an unexpected moment of London kindness.