Thursday, March 24, 2016

Just Kids

The "showtime" kids are having a hard time on this train: their sojourn at the other end of the car ended in angry looks and outright hostility, and now one of them approaches me. 

"Would you mind if we used this pole for a few minutes?" he asks, and he looks so vulnerable and tired, so defeated, that I can only say, "It's up to you," as I step to one side to give him room.

He favors me with a smile, and I realize he's probably fourteen at the outside. "I ain't trying to hang with all the negativity in this car," he says to his friend as the music starts.

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