I learned of a story in my high school time(sometime during year 2000-2002) as part of the English textbox.
The story is about two men having a conversation in a train, one is a disabled man who lost his wife during delivery(or something similar) and hence doesn't like kids, the other is a father of a kid who always waves at the train from the crossing near his house but the kid is sad that no one is waving him back and hence the dad is going to take a return train next day and wave at his kid to make him happy. The guys somehow end up sharing the room and the next day the father misses the train, returning home depressed but finds a hysterically happy kid at his home. He tells his father that someone today not only waved at him, but tied a handkerchief to his stretcher and waved it till the train went out of sight.
The story moved me as a kid so much that I still vigorously wave back at any kid who waves at me when I'm in a bus, train or any other vehicle.
I'd like to read that story once again but was unable to find it anywhere. Tried google search for possible titles and keywords but looks like there are other stories with titles similar to this but entirely different story.
The story appeared in a English textbox as part of high school curriculum in Kerala, India. The year I learned it is probably around 2000-2002.