One day, my husband and I were fortunate to get a last minute bus ticket so that we could go see my in-laws in Taipei. When we boarded the bus, we saw a lady occupying one of our seats. My husband gestured me to sit next to her, but he did not ask the lady to vacate the seat. On closer examination, I noticed that her right leg was in a brace. I came to realize the reason why my husband did not tell her to return the seat to him.
He stood all the way from Chiayi to Taipei. Throughout the journey, my husband did not tell the lady that she was occupying his seat. When we exited the bus, I was feeling bad and told him: “To give way is a good deed, but from Chiayi to Taipei is a long distance; you could have asked her to give the seat back so that you could rest for a little while.” My husband replied: “The women is inconvenienced for life — our inconvenience lasted for just three hours.”
When I heard those words, I was touched. With a kind husband who quietly helps others, it makes me feel that the world is a gentler place.
Translated by Chua, B.C.