So, I asked him, “Sunday, how long have you been waiting for me?”
He said, “Oh, I wait about a half an hour or so.”
I said, “Why? I told you that I’m not going to be here to pick you up until 6:45am. Why do you start waiting so early?”
He told me in his strong Nigerian accent which somehow just sounds wiser, “In Nigeria I was always taught that it is better to see the train coming at you than it is to see the train pass you by.”
At the time, I didn't know just how valuable that simple sentence would be to me someday, but at the time, my only concern was to try to keep him warm and dry a little longer, so I knew what I had to do. I would have to tell him that I was going to pick him up later than I actually was. One time I decided to tell him I wasn’t going to pick him up until about 7:15am knowing that he would start waiting for me at 6:45am which was really the time that I needed to pick him up. That way he would just be getting out there as I would arrive saving him from waiting out in the cold for so long. Oh, you should have seen that panicked look on his face. He was so mad at me. I explained my reasoning for doing that, but he didn’t understand at all.