I know the word “kind” is not the first term that springs to mind when most people describe New Yorkers. At least to non-New Yorkers’ minds. I am here to tell you the vast majority of people who live here are indeed kind. I was reminded of this last Friday.
I haven’t had the opportunity to travel into Manhattan in a while. Inevitably it is an amusing adventure in one form or another. This time it was an act of kindness that struck me. We got off the bus and headed towards the steps down into the subway. A woman, bowed over with age slowly made her way towards the stairs pushing a metal cart.
A young man approached her and asked if she needed help. He then took her cart and carried it down the two flights of stairs for her.
We also experienced the generosity of New Yorkers on our return trip home. It seems many of the young people love to share their music for the entire train to listen to. Whether they want to or not. I refrained from yelling at one young man, “Do you have earphones? Because I’d be happy to buy you a set.” Others did have earbuds but had their music turned up so loud, we could sing along with them. I’m guessing ruining their hearing won’t really help matters as they’ll just crank it up more.
It could be worse. We could be back in the 80s when they carried their boom boxes (is that how you spell it?) onto the train.