“Hi! Do you work at TRU?” I say, imposing my conversation onto a gal about my age walking across the street toward the university. “Yes, I just live across the street,” answered Lucy. I was pleased to meet a friendly face. It was my first day in a new job and I was walking in. Since one of TRU’s strategic priorities is sustainability, I was determined to walk to and from work every day, about 30 minute each way. It was for the exercise, and to produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, I told myself; but the parking rates were exorbitant, so I was really just being cheap.
Over the last year and a half, I’ve walked nearly every day and I’ve seen Lucy many times. I don’t know much of her story, just the few snippets one gets from crossing the street and walking down the path to campus. I used to call her Lucy Lu, which made her grin.
On Friday, I read the news that a 54 year old woman was crossing in front of the university and was killed by a truck turning left. The driver stayed on the scene. I immediately wondered…was that someone I knew, was that someone I worked with? Monday morning, the email came in that Lucy had been killed in a vehicular accident.
It is time to get up from my desk and walk home.
I'm really sorry to hear about Lucy, Jan. This is a very sad story.
This is my attempt at analyzing it:
Trigger: Jan meets Lucy on his first day walking to work at TRU, after that he sees her regularly. They develop a friendship.
Problem: He learns a woman has been killed crossing the street in front of the university.
Quest: [I don't know if this one applies] He wonders who it is and if he knows the person.
Resolution: He learns it was Lucy.
Purpose: Many come to mind - life is short, we never know the hour or the day, life can be tragic, the connections we have with others are meaningful and affect us, no matter how intermittent, fleeting or brief.
I think you have it. I wasn't able to apply the learning - my mind was elsewhere as I had just learned of Lucy's death that morning. But I think you are right, one never knows and the interactions, even the small ones, are important.