TTC  - In Between Stations

When I'm on the subway, sometimes I observe, sometimes I write. What I consistently observe is that people don't smile. They are all very serious. Yes, we all have problems, challenges and concerns that could cause serious thoughts. But I sure there are more things in our lives to smile about. Why not share your happiness through a smile? It could start a conversation or a friendship.

Smile. It increases your face value. ( Unknown)

A smile is the universal welcome.  (Max Eastman)

(What better way to connect with our fellow TTC riders)

Everyone smiles in the same language.  (Unknown)

(So there will be no misunderstanding of what was meant)

People seldom notices old clothes if you wear a big smile. (Lee Mildon)

I learn a lot from riding the TTC. I learn that many people read, that many people prefer Sudoku than crossword (hmm, what does that mean?), that the stronger a relationship between people, the more lively and animated the conversations. I observe that certain facial expressions go hand in hand with certain communication styles. I see young lovers and old lovers, I see long-lasting friendships evident by the way old friends clutch each other for support when the train starts to move. I see thoughtfulness when others offer their seats to riders like these.  

When I'm so immersed in these observations, I barely notice the passage to my destination.