Right Foot Left Foot

My latest loss is my longtime foot doctor I’ve been seeing for 20 years. The part time space he rents has tripled, so that’s it, he will be my doctor no more.

He’s the sweetest man not to mention greatest footman, if you will, I’d from time to time send a note to…

Dear Dr. Steve…we love you, thanks for making us feel so much better.

Love, Susannah’s feet.

When I saw him for the last time, he gave me all his subway cards since he won’t be needing them anymore, his formal practice being in New Jersey where alas, he’ll stay from now on.

So, when I got off the train, I ambled over to the machine to see what was on them.

Next to me was a young man of color who had a good dozen he must have picked up off the ground hoping he’d find a fare.

One could say I had a good poker hand with four of a kind, $5.50 each, which comes out to two rides a card.

As we stood side by side after seeing his face, I knew, he folded.

“How’d ya do?” I asked, though knowing the answer.

He shrugged.

“Here,” I said, handing him one of the cards. “Someone gave these to me, so how bout I give one to you?”

His face lit up like a fireplace.

As I watched him breeze through the turnstile, I felt better having shared the goodness, graced to me by a man I’ll always remember, feet first.   images.jpeg


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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40 Responses to Right Foot Left Foot

  1. aFrankAngle says:

    Well done, Madam Feet.

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Susannah, I don’t know how you do it, picking up on people’s vibes like you do. Actually I do know. You are attuned to the people and actions around you. You are aware. And the world, well NYC at least, is a better place with you in it.

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  3. Sorryless says:


    Our feet are so important, we should never take them for granted.

    And as soon as you started playing subway card poker with that fella sitting at the same ‘table’ . . I KNEW what you were going to do. And it always feel so damn good to read about these kindnesses in your random acts. You’re an angel dressed in style who supplies the one thing we all need on a daily basis, hope.


  4. Dale says:

    Nothnig stops you from taking a little trip to Jersey if your tootsies need it, right? It’s just a train ride away? Or is it just too dang far…

    And to go with Skinny above, I add:
    Absolutely, Susannah…What goes around comes around and karma is a bitch only if you are…
    So the world in your circle is a much more beautiful place.

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  5. I’m sending your feet condolences. New Jersey might as well be in South America for the trouble it would take to get there. I subbed for an organist friend once who had a church in NJ. It took HOURS to get there from Queens via subway and bus. Never again! I wouldn’t have done it the first time, except John went with me.

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  6. I. finally, have a Dr. whom I adore. She’s an MD and takes excellent care of me, knows her stuff, and won’t take much from anyone. I like that.

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  7. Patricia says:

    Right now I think I am set with doctors, they are relatively young so not retiring in the near future. Except for my dermatologist, he is about my age so I expect to get a letter any time telling me he is retiring. That will be a bummer, I really like him.
    Sweet to share your bounty with the young guy. You made his day for sure!


  8. I’m sure you’re the source of hundreds of random acts of kindness stories in NYC over the years. A saint on the subway, I say. 🙂

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