My Subway Stories - NY Tales from the Underground part 13

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A New York woman gives a homeless person the shoes off her feet on a crowded subway car and become an inspiration for giving.

Bad Thoughts

I sat crammed into a corner of an uptown bound express 4 train, completely lost and oblivious to the various colorful commuters of all sizes thronged in front of me. Thanksgiving was around the corner, but it was somewhat difficult thinking about the holiday with all the bad current events happening. The recent terrorist attack in Paris, the dash-cam video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting and killing a black teenager that went viral, and Charlie Sheen announcing he is HIV positive were embedded in my bed. I couldn’t wait to go home and relax in my bed.

Subway Angel

Finally, I looked up and realized that the train stopped at the 59th Street station. The metallic doors slid open and a short, brown-skinned homeless woman boarded wearing a thin black T-shirt, sweatpants, and no footwear. My eyes were glued to her feet because she didn’t even have socks on. I felt really bad for her because nobody wants to stand on a dirty subway train bare feet.

To my surprise, a short caramel complexioned young woman with long brown hair got out of her seat and asked the homeless woman, “Hey, what size do you wear?”

“I wear a size six.” The homeless woman answered.

“Great, we wear the same size.”

The young woman took off her Timberland boots and handed them to the homeless woman.

The homeless woman was incredulous. "Are you sure?''

The young woman replied, "Absolutely. What is your name?”

“Arion.” The homeless woman answered as she put on the boots.

“I’m Kathleen. Now, you have new boots to wear.”

“Thank you.” Arion said with tears in her eyes as she hugged Kathleen. “You are so kind.”

“You’re welcome! It is important as people that we give to those who need these things.”

Observing this had me smiling and feeling good. It was magical on the subway. Not only me, but several straphangers complimented her. A tall, black man wearing a hoodie gave Kathleen a pair of black thick Polo sports socks for her walk home. That moment, Kathleen took photos of Arion and her new boots, and of her own stocking feet, complete with thick sports socks. Kathleen was dubbed “The Subway Angel” by the proud commuters.

When the train pulled into the 86th Street subway station, the doors opened, and Kathleen got off waving goodbye to Arion. The doors closed and the train roared in the tunnel. The ride became a great scene of giving and it literally erased all the negativity I read or saw on social media. The message was simple, “It is more blessed to give than to receive. Give to those in need!”

Dedicated to Kay Brown, “The Subway Angel”

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Kay Brown
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Mta, New York City, Shamarie Knight, Subway Story

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author avatar Shamarie
I am a passionate writer from Harlem, New York. My expertise is creative writing and poetry. I enjoy expressing myself freely on paper and sharing my ideas with the world.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
29th Nov 2015 (#)

With this post Shamarie, you just made my day. Thank you for a great page!

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author avatar Shamarie
29th Nov 2015 (#)

You're welcome, Steve! I'm glad this post made your day. I knew I had to shared this post with the Wikinut world. God bless, my friend!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
29th Nov 2015 (#)

Shamarie, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful article. There are truly wonderful people in the world and you have just shared one of the people in your article. I will always remember this article. Thank you for being you!

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author avatar Shamarie
29th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you, Nancy, for the kind comment! I hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving!!!

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author avatar brendamarie
29th Nov 2015 (#)

Shamarie, congrats on the star, this is a wonderful story thank-you for sharing the beauty of people.

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author avatar Carol Roach
30th Nov 2015 (#)

wow what an amazing story it made me cry

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Shamarie, congratulations on the shiny gold star. You so deserve it for this article.

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author avatar Shamarie
30th Nov 2015 (#)

Thank you, Brendamarie and Carol for the wonderful comments!!! Blessings to you!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
30th Nov 2015 (#)

God Bless you Shamarie my friend - you really made my day. Thank you. Blessings.

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