Today I had the pleasure of meeting Alicia Reinoso.
This afternoon I walked to the city centre for a quick check up with my doctor and to run some errands. When I finished, the day had turned colder and a very fine mist was morphing into rain.
As I approached the bus stop a woman started to look at me, finally asking if I could lend her my sube card in exchange for money for the fare.
With a very distressed tone she related me that she was a Doctor and misplaced her purse with most of her documents and money but someone found it and called so she could pick it up.
The place was in a kind of sketchy neighborhood and she was very afraid of going there alone (and also, it was already dark). It’s not very far from my home and the local police station so I offered to escort her there.
Still, she was afraid and when we arrived at the police station tried to get hold of an officer to come with us but the only patrol car was on duty. We arranged for meeting there and while she waited for whomever found her purse I went to pick up our family car (she lives in the other extreme of the city and the night wasn’t that friendly for such a trip).
We drove to her home chatting about life, her children and strangely enough given my orientation, about religion, moral compasses and other stuff.
That was a very nice quarter of hour. It’s been quite a while since I had such a meaningful conversation with a stranger.