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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
I need a bus-interaction icon. 
23rd-Mar-2010 07:42 pm
We're grownups now...
I am on the bus, exhausted, heading home from our staff-day party; it is chilly and rainy, and the guy kittycorner from me is taking up too much space. Tired 'song is tired and would just like to be home under warm blankets.

A young mother and her toddler son get on the bus and sit next to me, with one seat between us. The kid is pointing at me. I smile and wave at him, like you do. He waves back and points again, this time clearly at the fake flower in my hair - green and purple fabric leaves, with purple and black tulle, two sprightly striped feathers, and a big sparkly jewelry finding in the center. His mother says something to me.

I tug my earbuds out - "I'm sorry, I didn't hear?"

She smiles. "He says 'Beautiful!' in Chinese."

"Oh!" I grin again and address him. "Xie xie!"

He laughs and claps, and things are shinier.

This is half of why I wear this stuff. It cheers me. But also it can delight kids to see sparkly feathery things in a sea of plain black raincoats and umbrellas. And that can make things a bit shinier for everyone.
Comments 
24th-Mar-2010 12:19 am (UTC)
I think that you are MADE of sparkly feathery things with just a hint of fang and claw. :D
24th-Mar-2010 12:20 am (UTC)
You know...if more people thought like that, the world would be a much more beautiful place!
24th-Mar-2010 12:30 am (UTC)
You are shiny. :)
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24th-Mar-2010 01:08 am (UTC)
That's why I wear patterned socks and stripey stockings.... years of being a children's bookseller have taught me to give the kiddos beauty at their eye-level.
24th-Mar-2010 01:44 am (UTC)
Thank you for being willing to take down that wall between you and the world by removing your earbuds. The last two times I was out walking to the park with my five-year-old, I said "hi" to people who were walking/jogging in the other directions. It used to be that they would smile and say "hi" back... but they both had their walls up, didn't make eye contact, and missed out on a wave from my son and a greeting from me. It makes me sad that people are so disconnected... by their own choice and preference.
24th-Mar-2010 02:51 am (UTC)
When I lived in MA, I used to walk down the street and nod or smile at people I didn't know. I do that here in NY, and it's like you said... they are so disconnected.

It had been awhile since I'd dressed silly. I ended up going to a mad tea party at a goth club recently, and had all kinds of ribbons and such in my hair. The look on people's faces during the midnight coffee run were priceless. Most people tend to shy away from the unusual or really anything that deviates from their normal experience. So I decided after that to always wear one item that was fun on my person, regardless of what other people think. If it makes me feel better to wear wildly patterned kneesocks or a fake daisy in my hair, so be it.
27th-Mar-2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
On the bus, it's often a self-preservation thing; it gets very crowded and claustrophobic, and I need to have my little bubble or I get twitchy! I do have my earbuds in when I walk from the train station to work, but I always turn the iPod off to say hi to the homeless guys selling the Spare Change newspaper, and I do make eye contact and smile back and nod at random people.
24th-Mar-2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Shiny!
24th-Mar-2010 02:53 am (UTC)
that's so cool
24th-Mar-2010 04:27 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this :). It's the little things that can brighten your day, and I try to do the same for others. I carry around coupons for free Wendy's frosties to hand out to little kids (don't worry; I ask their mums and dads first).

Despite the rain, I had my own encounter with a wee bringer of cheer. I ran into an *adorable* little girl wearing pink rain gear today while waiting for yet another prescription, and her smile was infectious. My mood felt lighter after seeing her.
24th-Mar-2010 05:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for making not only their day but mine a little brighter.
24th-Mar-2010 01:19 pm (UTC)
Most awesome. :)
4th-Apr-2010 06:03 am (UTC)
YAY!

Thanks for sharing the shiny.
6th-Apr-2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I just love moments like that!
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