Saturday, January 23, 2016

The Kindness of Strangers

The little girl holding her mother's hand is doing her very best down the center of the stairs to the subway, but it's pretty slow going, one careful stair at a time. The folks piling up behind them are starting to get pretty irritated.

Mom, noticing the seething horde above them, tries to pull the two of them over to one side, throwing her daughter slightly off balance. Without even looking, the little girl reaches back behind her with her free hand to steady herself and grabs the hand of a random woman who, without missing a beat, steps down next to her and, together, the three of them make their way into the station while the crowd flows effortlessly around them.

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