Thinking a bit more about the incident on the bus a couple of days ago, I suppose apologising to that mother was a bit like my habit of waving in gratitude to drivers as I cross a road at a zebra crossing. Of course, by law they have to stop, so strictly speaking I have nothing to thank them for. Yet we nonetheless live in a community, so I like to acknowledge that they stopped for me; would not doing so not seem arrogant? Of course, the bus wheelchair spot was hard won by the disabled community, and I had a right to it. But surely not to have recognised that mum’s effort in making space for me would have seemed similarly arrogant, as if the mum, the bus, and the entire world owed me something?