Subway Stories - Gentlemen on the Green Line

Sometimes riding on the T is downright discouraging. People pushing and shoving, squeezing into the the seat next to you when they know they cannot fit and have no business trying to fit.

Well, this past week was a breath of fresh air. I switched from the Red Line to the Green and was standing near the door. A young man sitting across from me asked if I wanted to sit down. It was only two stops that I had to stand, but you know what? I was a bit tired and wanted a seat. I took the gentleman up on his offer and thanked him. A really large man got on at the next stop and proceeded to fall on top of me when the train started suddenly, but that was okay. I was in a better mood, so it didn't bother me so much.

The next day, I got on the Green Line again at Park Street and stood by the door. Another young man offered me his seat! Two days in a row! Wow! I wondered if I look really tired. Well, I was actually, so I accepted his offer, thanked him profusely and sat down.

Just wanted to say "Thank you" to those two kind men. There are still gentlemen and they are riding the T.


wheresmymind said…
Green line is the worst in the winter time...I hated taking it every day for 2 years
suttonhoo said…
amazing what a small gesture will do, isn't it? in chicago I like to watch what happens when I hold back and let someone pass, when we're both vying to barrel through the same doorway or passageway. the look on their face goes from grim determination to one of surprise and gratitude.

magical courtesy.
Lisa Johnson said…
wheresmymind - The green line can get a little rough. Especially when there is Red Sox game and they were rained out or they lost!

suttonhoo - It is pretty amazing. Those random acts of kindness can do wonders.
Nance said…
Isn't it funny that one of the first things that came to your mind was, "Hmmm, do I look that tired?" Such a female response. We are so conditioned. Nice to know that there are gentlemen in the world, even on public transportation. Now, if we can just get them on the phone in customer service...!
Lisa Johnson said…
nance - Wow, you're right!

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