Best Story of the Week…March 25th

I’m walking on Madison towards home. Up ahead is an elderly woman with a large L.L. Bean Boat and Tote bag.

I watch as she stops every few steps to rest.

I sidle up alongside.

“That looks heavy. I seem to be going your way, so may I help? We can carry it together.”

She sizes me up making sure I’m not about to rob her before saying, “No, I’m alright thank you,” looking at her watch.

The seer that I am says, “Are you going to the Express Bus stop, by any chance?”

“Yes, as a matter a fact I am,” she says, “and I’ll probably miss the 4 o’clock and have to wait for the 5.”

“Not if you let me help you, you won’t.”

After mulling this over she says, “Well, okay.”

We each take a strap, and boy, even with two of us, it’s heavy.

“What do you have in here, if you don’t mind me asking?”


“Oh,” says the shiksa.

We get to the bus that’s just pulling up, and she says, “I’m fine from here.”

“Are you sure?” I ask, “because I can help carry it onto the bus.”

There’s a middle-aged Latino man smoking, with a Spider-Man lunch box also waiting, listening to our exchange.

He says, “Don’t worry, I got it from here.”

We both smile, but the best part?

So did the woman who with little resistance, let him, making you wonder if he really was Spider-Man.Β 

Hey, it is New York after all.Β  πŸ™‚Β 



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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41 Responses to Best Story of the Week…March 25th

  1. Why trust Spiderman over Wonder Woman? πŸ’•

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  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    Maybe she had the entire store’s supply of raspberry jelly rings. That’s what I’d do. i can’t get enough of them, but it has to be the dark chocolate coating. My grandchildren like the jelly fruit slices. Maybe you can explain to me why these are only found at the grocery store in the kosher section around Passover. At least, that’s the case up here in the north.
    Any man with a Spider-Man lunch box is a hero in my book!

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  3. I’m sure he was Spiderman. Great smile on my face story, Susannah. 😁

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  4. kingmidget says:

    Now, if it was Batman …

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  5. Dale says:

    How wonderful is that? Such an easy thing to help. So hard to accept it, for some.

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  6. Patricia says:

    You and Spider-Man were a blessing whether the woman recognized it or not. Y’all done good!

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  7. Susannah and NYC at their finest!

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  8. I love the portrait you paint of people in New York through your daily anecdotes. It seemes to be a rough, tough-talking city where people still look out for each other and help in unexpected ways.

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  9. Sorryless says:

    And the friendly neighborhood Spider Man strikes again. With a lovely assist from the Librarian, whose super powers know no bounds. She leaps tall chapters in a single read, yes she does.

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  10. I’m in LOVE with this story! I wonder how she told it at her table? Oh, to be fly on that wall.

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  12. Maha says:

    I think in the end you were able to meet with one more kind soul like you ❀️ It was a short and sweet read πŸ‘Œ

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  13. poorvi kumar says:

    i loved this ! put a much needed smile on my face 😁

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