BOBBING UP AND DOWN
Baba indicated that He would be fine. "Are You sure, Baba?" I asked. "Yes," Baba gestured. "It is better this way because I can stand here and keep an eye on our box while you get the tickets."
"Okay," I said, "but don't move. Stay right here."
Baba said He would, and I went off and got into the queue for a ticket. As I stood there, I heard the bell ringing announcing an incoming train. I became very nervous. Our train was arriving, Baba was all alone, and I still hadn't gotten tickets. Somehow I forced myself to the front of the line and quickly bought two tickets and then hurried back to Baba. But when I got there, Baba wasn't there.
I looked around, but no Baba. Our box of vegetables was gone too. Everywhere people were rushing to get on board the train, and I felt this sinking sensation in my stomach. What had happened to Baba? I looked around, and then I spied our box of vegetables bobbing up and down in the distance. I ran after it and saw that Baba was carrying the box on His shoulder. He was looking for an empty compartment so the two of us could get on board.
I ran up to Baba and took the vegetables, and, since we had tickets, we both got onto the train. That was the second time I can remember when Baba had been left completely alone.
THAT'S HOW IT WAS, pp. 4-5
1995 © Eruch Jessawala