The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

Merry Christmas! (It’s that time of year for “The Sound of Music,” even if none of my Austrian friends have seen it.)

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The Nice Thing About Strangers

As bus merged onto the highway, leaving no chance for unhappy passengers to disembark, a group of Slovakian college students old enough to know better broke into song. The driver remained completely unmoved, plowing on ahead. Somehow believing their entertainment would be appreciated, a boy in a polo shirt led the tune, propping himself against his seat to gaze around at his bold fellows. During his smiling and crooning, craning to catch his compatriots’ eyes, he managed to miss the distress of their audience.

Riders scowled and steamed, or scrambled for headphones. A tiny grey-haired lady very near to the conductor’s elbow made a great scene of covering her ears with her hands. The songs continued. The mood in the bus sank against the cheer of the choir.

Out the window, a fragile elderly man climbed a ladder to touch up the paint on his birdhouse for the Virgin Mary. …

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3 comments on “Lay ee odl lay ee odl-oo

  1. Clanmother
    December 24, 2012

    Merry Christmas, my dear friend!! All the very best of the season to you and yours! Thank you for welcoming me to your blog. I have enjoyed my visits. Looking forward to 2013 and the adventures ahead…

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      December 25, 2012

      You’re a joy, Clanmother! I look forward to our 2013 adventures as well! Thanks for all the kindness and support. 🙂

      • Clanmother
        December 26, 2012

        I was so glad to see that you were checking in with blogger friends, too!! Thank you so much for your support. Our lives will continue to evolve – it is good to have friends to share the joys, ideas and thoughts…

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