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batyatoon ([personal profile] batyatoon) wrote2013-01-05 09:48 pm

a random act of kindness

So on my subway ride home from work on Friday, I was feeling a little down.

There was a teenage girl seated across from me for most of the way, wearing headphones and writing in what I took to be a journal. Wearing a sweatshirt saying SENIORS and CLASS OF 2013 on it; there was a slogan, 2 + 0 + 1 = 3 and the only class that adds up. I remember noticing her, wondering idly what she was writing, looking away again. Thinking distantly She's pretty. I hope she knows it.

And either I looked a lot more down than I was feeling, or I was feeling a lot more down than I realized. Because as we were both getting up to leave the train, she said "Excuse me" and handed me a folded page from her notebook, and then went on out before I could ask anything further.

On the page was a drawing of a smiling face with big bright eyes, and the words:

have a smile
you look like you need one

you're awesome,
keep on going.

And I very nearly cried.

Thank you, lovely unknown senior of '13. You're awesome too.
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[personal profile] in_the_blue 2013-01-06 03:28 am (UTC)(link)
That's the best story. It's full of love.

People think New York is a cold-hearted city, but they couldn't be more wrong. ♥
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[personal profile] technoshaman 2013-01-06 03:53 am (UTC)(link)
It can't possibly be cold-hearted, Batya, it's got you in it! *virtual hugs*
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[personal profile] crazyfurries 2013-01-06 04:31 am (UTC)(link)
NYC is filled with warm awesome people, I oughta know, after surviving a hurricane there.

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[personal profile] sotto_voce 2013-01-06 05:09 am (UTC)(link)
God, that's so lovely.
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[personal profile] silveraspen 2013-01-06 05:34 am (UTC)(link)
Yay. Thank you for sharing!
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[personal profile] ladysingsthe 2013-01-06 08:32 am (UTC)(link)
ah that's so great :DDDD
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[personal profile] filkerdave 2013-01-06 01:52 pm (UTC)(link)
That's awesome.

I love New York.
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[personal profile] crystalpyramid 2013-01-06 10:59 pm (UTC)(link)
I love teenagers sometimes. Thanks for sharing this!
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[personal profile] thnidu 2013-01-07 04:01 am (UTC)(link)
That is great.

It brings to mind a similar incident for me, when I was taking Amtrak up to Rene's funeral. (Our plots are in Mass., where we lived for 20yrs.) Of course I was massively roiling inside, and suddenly burst out with a loud string of ranting – not at anyone, just... I don't remember. Of course people were upset, though no one said anything. A few moments later I recovered enough to apologize to the car and explain in a few words the reason for my outburst.

At a station sometime later along the line, a young woman paused by my seat on her way to the door and handed me a folded paper. I opened it and read a warm and comforting message, signed "A stranger". I have kept that paper.
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[personal profile] genarti 2013-01-07 03:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, wow. What a lovely thing, and what a lovely person.
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[personal profile] eldabe 2013-01-09 05:09 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, that's just lovely.