We pulled into a very crowded BGSU campus mid-morning, a little behind schedule but with all of these students, we will make up for lost time in no time at all. Bogart has found a new position on the bus, on my bed looking out the side window at all the fun just outside. I’m sure he knows that I can do nothing about it, as I am driving. Maybe I’ll cut back on his “treats”…probably not. We drove through campus scoping out a parking spot for the bus and an outdoor sculpture for today’s photo of Sir Bogart. We found neither quickly. What we did find was campus security in the rear view mirror. Was this to be the Kindness Tours’ first run in with the law? As luck would have it, an open parking space appeared just ahead. I negotiated the bus into the angled parking space. Before I could open the door to the bus, the campus security guard was approaching with some sort of paper in his hand. Turns out this fine man is Rick Gerbeck, traffic supervisor. He had a map in his hand to help me find my way around campus. More Red Carpet being “rolled out” for the bus tour. We had a great talk about what good the future could hold for this generation, by embracing a program like One Million Acts Of Kindness. As we parted, he said he would “take care” of the parking meter. Wow‼
As instructed by Rick, I headed for the open space by the Student Union. Good spot! I went to the center of the open space and set up shop. In the four hours on campus, I talked to several hundred students, most in small groups. There was even a High School from Bluffton visiting the campus. They loved the message of kindness. A very caring student named Chicane from New York talked with me for at least fifteen minutes. She was so happy to hear such a great message of kindness. She encouraged me to keep going and never stop. I assured her I would. She insisted on buying me a latte at the café. Thank you Chicane. While inside, Bogart stayed outside with Josie and Tim, two students. They assured me Bogart didn’t have any separation anxiety in my absence. Thank you Josie and Tim. Another young woman named Katie helped Bogart feel welcome which proved to be a great distraction from the many squirrels this sunny November day. We headed for the bus and found many students admiring the “fine looking ride”. As Bogart and I were packing up, Ashley and Allison stopped by and each took a small stack of stickers as they are RAs and said they would love to “spread the word” Clearly a big day at Bowling Green.