Roughly four hours into a five-hour trip from New Orleans to Beaumont, the bus pulled into the Lake Charles Greyhound station. After we stretched our legs a bit, the re-boarding passengers got on, followed by new passengers.

I was a little miffed that someone sat next to me. He smelled of sweat and pickles, and had little understanding of personal space or cell-phone-on-public-transport etiquette. But the only empty seats were singles on the aisle, and not many of them at that. The driver was firing up the engine when there was a loud pounding on the door, then a collective groan as we all realized our departure was about to be delayed by someone who was going to insist on getting onto the already crowded bus.

Margaret Battistelli Gardner: 409.683.5227;

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Margaret joined The Daily New in December 2019, bringing more than 20 years of editorial experience to the team. A Philadelphia native, she lives in Galveston County with her husband, Steve, and their dog Nanook.

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Bailey Jones


Jennifer Lawrence

Wonderful story, thank you.

Jarvis Buckley

You wiill always be blessed by your kindness.

Life is so short. We should all be like this sweet lady.

Miceal O'Laochdha

"The quality of mercy is not strained..."

Patricia C Newsom

You are an 😇. Prayers for the young mother and her children that they are now safe.

Charles Douglas

Many probably think what Ms. Gardner did was routine, it was NOT! An act of love, kindness, or compassion, has to be developed in an individual's heart on purpose by input coming from that individual's spirit. Absent of the spirit's rule over the individual's heart leaves that heart at risk to be BROKEN, and led of that individual's soul, composed of the mind, intellect, and Will! Then, logic, and common sense, and what seems RIGHT to a particular mindset begin to rule with negative influences coming from outside of a person. Offense, jealousy, envy, strife, hatred and more begin to assault and bombard the unguarded heart, which is the Decision Maker, or the SHOT-CALLER of every individual. Remember now, the heart is developed either by the spirit with the help of the Holy Spirit through spiritual discernment, or by the soul, which is subjected to be influenced by negative forces of the world with no spiritual discernment! This is why Proverbs 4:23 is in the Bible. " GUARD YOUR HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE; FOR OUT OF IT FLOWS THE ISSUES OF LIFE!" Yes and this means your mouth and your hands will be activated to operate positively or negatively based on weather the heart was developed by your spirit, or by your soul ( mindset, will, or interlect.) It is easy to see the difference between the Decision, and Action displayed by Ms. Gardner, and those displayed by everybody else on that bus!! When Jesus said in John 13: 34-35, " A new commandment I give you; that you LOVE one another as I have LOVED you ..that ýou LOVE one another. V35) By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have LOVE for one another." Great story!!! Great story!!!!

Charles Douglas

I might also add that when Jesus quoted John 13: 34-35 to his disciples, he had just finished washing their feet as a teaching tool of how to display love, kindness, and compassion to another! Wasn't that what Ms. Gardner did for that family which God strategically located her on that bus to help or LOVE! I don't know Ms. Gardner, but now ...of her I know much!!! Again,... Great Story!!!![thumbup]

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