Here is one small subway story to bring good holiday cheers. The story takes place at the 42nd street station, where so much goes on and tons of city dwellers constantly come into and out of the station. While heading back home from a long days work last week and just standing on one of the subway platforms, the first train comes- but wasn't the right one. The second train comes a few minutes later- and it still wasn't the right one. As frustration starts to kick in, the third train finally comes and luckily it was the one; but little did I know what surprise was in store.
As I positioned myself (like any true New Yorker) in just the right place where the car and doorway will stop, I noticed everyone around me appeared to have the same moodswing-- tired, frustrated, and just ready to get home. When the train stopped in front of us and the doors open, those of us that were waiting stepped to the side to allow the riders to come out. Suddenly one Santa appears, which was fine and no big deal. But then two, three, four... than 10 appeared right behind him. Then twenty more, from every car. Also include some elves, santa helpers, and christmas carolers all around. It was winter wonderland for a few seconds in the station!!
Everyone that was waiting to get on the train, didn't know where to look and whether to catch the train that arrived or remain on the platform. Even the train itself stood still for a few moments. It was an unbelievable sight to see and it brought those of us that were tired and frustrated and ready to get home, a huge smile to our faces. So much so, that even when we eventually entered the train, we all continued to laugh amongst each other all the way until the next stop, while shaking our heads in disbelief.
Only in the city do you come across such unexpected, but joyful encounters. Wish I had a camera to have captured the true moment, but the picture enclosed comes pretty close. Wish I could have asked what was their purpose, but I think it was to bring everyone a moment of happiness from a hard days work.