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01.13.2020 (208 Days Ago)
Tuesday musings . . . and be careful because if you are around on Monday when I am writing, you could wind up the subject of my blog!
Just Another Day on the LIRR
Just Another Day on the LIRR
208 days ago 3 comments Categories: Lifestyle Tags:

 

Or maybe not.


I was on the trip home one day last week engrossed in reading something on my phone when I noticed a commotion behind me. We were stopped at Jamaica and an unruly passenger had come into my car, loud, angry, carrying way too many bags and disheveled. He was yelling at everyone around him and clearly making the crowd nervous.


With that a woman who could have ben his grandmother jumped in and asked him what was wrong. Still loud and angry, he told her that he had been sleeping on the last train and left his ticket there. He clearly didn’t have any money to ride and the conductors, seeing the commotion, were on their way up the aisle.


But grandma was having none of it. She wasn’t about to let this man cause trouble for anyone, including himself.


First, she took money out of her wallet to pay his ticket. That took the pressure off. Although I have to say the conductors who came over to help were all of the right spirit to try to diffuse an escalating situation and calm an unhappy passenger.


Once the ticket was purchased, grandma just started talking to him like a human being. Like a person with feelings and who was clearly in a bad place. What a concept. That said, she wasn’t soft on him. She gave him hard advice about how to comport himself on the train and how to interact with people. He listened. He didn’t challenge her. He seemed to be showing her respect.


I don’t really know how the story ends. I lost track of both players in this story. But I do know that a story like this reminds me how amazingly giving and supportive people can be when they just reach out.

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  •  Fred wrote 208 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    Sounds like an older version of you :)
     
       
     
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 208 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Patience. . . . It's an incredible trait.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Lvhartrick wrote 208 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    A kind and caring person with a positive attitude can make all the difference. So glad the lady cared enough to help and give advice. I am sure it made a great difference to that person and what a great example to all of us.
     
       
     
     
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