The woman with the artist's portfolio filled with drawing boards and secret hopes who waved goodbye to her husband and little boy before climbing on the train, wearing a hat to cover what the cancer took from her.
The man with the shiny dress shoes and tailored blazer, briefcase between his feet, disembarking in the city.
The group of teenage girls, chatting away as if no one could hear them, carrying purses and dressed in the trendiest style.
The older woman all by herself, eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and wearing nice sneakers.
The tired, impatient tears of a little one out of my sight but not my hearing. I catch a glimpse of his mother, showing him the sights out the window.
The crew members, some friendlier than others, walking back and forth gathering tickets as they do every day, waiting for their shifts to end.
The woman getting off the train while I waited to board, pushing a stroller. I grab the front wheels and pull it over the gap and confirm that she is at the correct station. A conductor watches.
The well dressed young woman carrying a backpack and a violin case, talking on the phone.
The kind conductor who let me know that I was on the wrong train for the second time that day and directed me to the correct one.
What are their stories? Will any of us break the code of silence that seems to be impressed on everyone who boards?
I can only guess at the first, and I am too afraid to be the one to do the second.
I was looking back over some of my old posts (I can't believe that I've been blogging for a little over three years!) and came across my "weekly wrap-up" posts that I used to do almost every week. I remembered how much I enjoyed writing those, so I thought I would start that series again. I don't want it to just be me talking about my week, though. I want to hear all about your week. What you did, read, listened to, watched, pretty much anything! I want to hear all about you, my readers.
"Do we walk in legends or on the green earth in the daylight?" "A man may do both," sad Aragorn. "For not we but those who come after will make the legends of our time."
The Two Towers
"If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or the other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable."
"The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater."
The Fellowship of the Ring
"God does not ask us to do the things that are easy to us naturally; He only asks us to do the things we are perfectly fitted to do by His grace, and the cross will come along that line always."
My Utmost for His Highest
"Don't you think compassion can show strength?"
Merlin in BBC's "Merlin"
"I realized that I would rather die because I betrayed them, than live because I betrayed you."
College has been good so far. The people here are friendly and kind, but it's still not the same as being around people who know me. People who know how I act when I am stressed, what makes me happy, what my favorite foods are. People who just get me.
I know that the relationships I am building right now will blossom into deeper relationships after a time, but right now, I miss my people.