Best Story of the Week…November 23

It’s early Thanksgiving morning and I can’t sleep, deciding to take a long, loll down Lex to catch a glimpse of the Chrysler Building, the Grace Kelly of Architecture, lit up like she’s coming home from a fancy ball.

It’s freezing, which can account for the streets being empty, not even a can man in sight, when what’s turtling down the block, but a garbage truck with three men, manning it like a smelly ship.

“Happy Thanksgiving,” Pollyanna sings, looking a little like them in my jeans and hoodie though perhaps, smelling a bit better.

One guy nods, another yawns. The third one, driving, smiles and says, “Why you up this earla’ it bein’a holidays’ and all?”

“You’re up,” I say, teasing.

“Yea but, wes’ got no choice.”

My heart opened knowing how true this must be for them, paying the rent by picking up rich people’s trash in this cold, no less.

“Don’t you get time-and-a-half since it’s a holiday?”

“Yeah, we’s get a little mo, but we’d ratha’ be home with ah’ wives and keeds.’.”

Suddenly Pollyanna’s pilot light goes on and remembers there’s a 24 Hour Dunkin Donuts nearby and says, “Would it be okay, if I treated us all to coffee?”

Well, you never saw three men in gloves, perk up so fast.

“It’s right on the corner,” I say, pulling out my trusty 20.

So, after two light and sweets, one regular and a black, and 4 glazed donuts to go, Grace Kelly, gleaming in the distance, Pollyanna, with a little change to spare, heads home to the sweet sound of…

“Happa Thanksgivin’ Miss, and thanks…thanks a whole lot.”




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 Thanks.
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28 Responses to Best Story of the Week…November 23

  1. That’s what’s it’s about friend ❤

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  2. You said it sista. ✌️ Peace


  3. robprice59 says:

    You should have bred. This world needs more Susannahs.

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  4. That was so kind. Our garbage guys were out this morning (they don’t work on T-day). Bright and early and it was in the teens temperature wise.


  5. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, that was sooo nice and in the spirit of the holidays. I hope you are repaid ten fold. Who says New York City is cold or impersonal? You prove them wrong every day!


  6. That was wonderful. The other night, I sat at my Cracker Barrel eating and saw an elderly (well, older than me) woman sitting by herself eating a bowl of beans and a biscuit and drink. I decided that she looked a bit sad so I asked the waitress for her bill and paid it. The waitress told her I took her bill (shouldn’t have done that!) and she thanked me and perked up,leaving very happy.
    I love this season.

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  7. Eilene Lyon says:

    That’s the true spirit! Love you for this.


  8. Patricia says:

    How wonderful! Wish I could hear the stories told to their families. Stories that will probably be repeated every Thanksgiving.


  9. I’ll bet they told about that when they got home. Hopefully they could get off early, go get a shower and enjoy the rest of the day with their families.


  10. Susannah, a finely penned ‘portrait’ of a day in the life of a New Yorker. Excellent!


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