Willie and His Radio

Old Willie, who’ve I’ve written about, I see in and around Starbucks in the morning, found a radio…a little transistor that has seen better days.

Taped, scratched, the kind you had when you were a kid, but if you saw him with it, you’d think he found gold.

Must be tough living in a wheelchair, sleeping under an awning or subway entrance, and I’ve noticed since spring, despite a better wheelchair, Willie has taken a turn.

He used to stay in a halfway house at night, but no more. Was it his decision, the state’s?  I don’t know, and he’s not a soul who opens up, his privacy and choice to share are what little he has left, but back to his radio.

As I write, I’m watching his face shine in contentment listening to some early program, reminding myself, the smallest thing can switch on a light as well as an AM FM station.

Later on that day…

On my way home, I see Willie again, parked on 84th and Lex, radio on…foot tapping.  I hand him a little bag that, when peeked into, produces a huge smile.


It was filled with AA Batteries.


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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21 Responses to Willie and His Radio

  1. Rob says:

    Empowerment is a wonderful gift!


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, my brother and I each got a transistor radio for Christmas in 1964. We couldn’t believe we could listen to the radio while walking outside.
    You are so perceptive to think of getting batteries. How perfect.

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  3. Rubenstein, Hal says:

    Your becoming Mother Susannah ! So sweet of you !


  4. Elle Knowles says:

    Somehow I knew the ending to this story before I read it! It’s just like you Susannah to think of the other person. I know Willie was thrilled! ~Elle

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  5. What a perfect gift! I was sure it was a sandwich and drink maybe with chips. Batteries are awesome!

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  6. I think I’m just as happy as Wille right now. After a few days of trying to express this very message to deaf recipients, it’s a pleasure to know someone is out there walking the walk.


  7. You are such a dear and kind and caring person. Each time I read a post like this from you, it confirms in me what a dear person you are. I am humbled and blessed in knowing you. I consider it a gift to refer to you as my NYC blogging friend whom I have never met. You bless my life.

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