Unwind…Be Kind

Yes, I’m trying to be clever, but please note my brain is frozen since it’s cold again. Spring stopped by for a day or so but took off again during the night. What’s with her?

I’ve been so wrapped up in my own mishegos, as the Hebrews have it, I’ve done nothing for days for anyone else.

I was reminded of this gently venturing out for coffee.

There’s a free paper they give out at most of the subway entrances. A little, good morning New York kinda deal. As I was passing I see a young kid, no more than twenty-two, twenty-three, shivering handing them out. One out of every three people accepts one without even as much as a nod. My response is usually, no thank you, but I’m from Connecticut, it comes out like an automated recording.

I asked him if he was cold. “Yeah, I am, ” he said, guess I should put on my coat.”

They have to wear these bright red shirts that make them look like big signs. “Yes, put your coat on,” I said, in my best mom fashion, “you don’t want to get sick.”

I then floated into Panera Bread for the toasted bagel I dreamt about. Of course in my dream its name was Henry and was chasing me through the Whitman Mall, but I still had a hankering for a cranberry raisin with extra butter.

Who said my plate isn’t half full?

I kept thinking about this kid. It’s barely 6 in the morning. What time did he have to rise to get there. A truck drops off the papers, but he needs to be there since he’s responsible for them.

After finishing raising my cholesterol, I walked back over to see how he was doing. He had put on his coat so my mothering wasn’t in vain. I asked him if he’d like coffee. “Oh yeah,” he said, “that would be great.”

“How do you take it?”

“Light and sweet.”

When I came back he lit up as if he wasn’t sure I would and said, “Wow lady, you’re so kind.”

Wow kid, you just reminded me, yeah, I am…even though it’s been lying dormant like a car sitting in the garage, if you don’t start up now and then, will no longer run.

It was the shift of consciousness I was waiting for? The tap on the shoulder, the little bird whispering in my ear.

Stop wallowing for a second Susannah….do something for someone else and before you know it, the sun will be up shining on you.

Wonder who I’m channeling?



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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18 Responses to Unwind…Be Kind

  1. micklively says:

    Oh, how I wish the world was exclusively populated by Susannahs!


  2. It’s great when I see those times when something very simple will mean a lot to someone else and actually do something. I always feel a lot better when I go that actually step and not just think about it. I think you’re great about sort of thing. This one reminds me of your post, Lunch with Jesus, which was the first one of yours I ever read. I’ll never forget that post.


    • I never love what I write to be honest…I always think It could have been better, but I like that post. That was quite a day and I’ll never forget him…thanks for reminding me…not having a great morning so far…it is so cold and windy and I have to work faraway from home so my anxiety level is up. Thanks David. I know it’s late in Korea so have a good sleep.


  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, you hit the nail on the head. Whenever anyone is feeling down, sorry for themselves, or depressed in any way, one of the best antidotes is to do something thoughtful or nice for someone or something (animals) else. An instant picker-upper!


  4. katecrimmins says:

    First off, you are often kind, much kinder than a lot of folks I know. Next I love your short stories about life. They are simple and sincere and they perk up my day. Here’s hoping that your deed will bring Spring back because that bitch took off for places unknown! Freakin’ cold here too!


  5. backonmyown says:

    You’ve created an image in my mind. I can see the poor shivering boy. Thank you for your kindness.


    • You would have noticed him too with your huge heart…a thankless job that I’m sure pays very little, yet there he is saying good morning, offering his free paper to the multitudes walking right on by…New York can be a tough town.


  6. Elle Knowles says:

    You put a little sunshine in his life on that cold, windy morning and also in yours!


  7. Patricia says:

    You are very hard on yourself. You are kind and hospitable to others in real life and in cyber life. Please try and find some of that kindness and hospitality for yourself. You are worth it.


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