How a Green Apple Made a Difference in a Bus Driver’s Life?

Ali
5 min readMar 21, 2023

I am not a superhero. I like believing it, but I know that I am not special. I am just one of 8 billion, and it is the truth, and I have no problem with that. I have always believed that if everyone adopts a cat, we could save the world. And now I found another solution for our Earth; making other people happy. Other people, as in people we don’t know.

I used to live in Istanbul before I moved to New York. I had a rewarding job at a marketing agency. I had a beautiful white cat and a black Solo bicycle, and I could bike to work whenever I wanted. I was probably the luckiest person in Istanbul.

My cat Gulizar and my beautiful bicycle Willy Bingez.

On September 4th of, 2013, I went to the gym after work. After the workout, I would meet up with someone I knew from the past. We probably would have talked about our current lives. And, of course, we would talk about our individual lives in the past.

There was a basket next to the fitness center’s exit, and there were always a lot of green apples in the basket. We could take apples from the basket if we wanted. It was a wise choice while working out since my body’s metabolism functions were at a higher rate, and I burned calories to fuel this burst of activity. I needed to refuel my body after the calorie expenditure. A green apple was a smart post-workout snack. It could be an excellent gift for a friend I would reconnect with after a long time.

I took two green apples and went to the bus station. I saw the bus, 500T, which I needed to get on. [There is a nice mini TV series about this bus and its city line.] 500T was a significant bus for the transportation of Istanbul. I had a long way to go. I got on the bus and said,

“Hi, good evening Mister.”

The bus driver did not respond. He said nothing. He did not even look at me. I glanced at his face. He was mad about something that I did not know about. He wasn’t just angry; he was furious. He asked for my bus pass angrily. It was in my backpack. I started searching for my backpack immediately. However, I found myself looking through a labyrinth. Where was my ticket when I needed it? I…

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Ali

Math Teacher. Content Curator. Soccer player. Maradona fan. Mostly write about the lectures I love to learn better. alikayaspor@gmail.com