You didn’t have to, but I’m glad you did

The driver stopped the Spadina streetcar and exited his protected cocoon.

Then he opened the door and stepped into the street.

I craned my neck to see what was going on.

It was snowing in Toronto and all signs pointed to commuter chaos. But I couldn’t see anything blocking the tracks. There was no one waving a weapon at us. What was this guy doing?

That’s when I saw him stoop over and upright a garbage or recycling bin that was blocking car traffic.

He hauled it across the two lanes of traffic and shoved it so it wouldn’t block car traffic. We were on a separated streetcar track. It wasn’t in our way.

I’m sure people thought this was stupid. Or they looked at their smartphones and said, “Great, Now I’ll be late for work.”

But all I could think was, “You didn’t have to, but I’m glad you did.”

It inspired me to shovel my neighbour’s walkway when I got home from work.

Thank you unknown streetcar driver.

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