I’ll try being nicer if you try being smarter!

Some days, you just have to stop and think, ‘Damn I’ve got it good.’

This afternoon was one of those moments. Nobody yelled at me at work. I left work at a normal, human time.

On the subway, I got the best seat on the train. The loner seat. It’s a seat that’s not even in existence in all trains….only the trains with the yellow doors. The red door trains have no loner seat. The loner seat is highly coveted….it is only on every second car, at the back, and it coccoons you in. There’s a wall on one side and a glass panel on the other. Nobody can sit beside you and it is fantastic. There’s even enough room for your purse to sit beside you. It’s as marvellous as things can be on public transit.

So I managed to snag the loner seat and therefore was able to knit contentedly without having to worry about stabbing the person beside me, or having them grunt and shuffle each time I moved my arms to purl or something. It was great, and I have a sock-in-progress to prove it.

There was no idiots on the train, no bums begging for change, no crazy ladies screaming about Jesus and throwing bibles, no stinky people and it was gloriously baby-free. There weren’t even any inane conversations about made-up sexual conquests that I was forced to listen to, just because I was the vicinity of a couple of loud-mouthed liars. There weren’t any unexplained 20 minute waits between stations. Nobody was blaring their music out of their headphones. It was a perfect subway ride home.

I came up out of the station and walked onto University Avenue to the most beautiful music being played on an instrument I can’t even name by a guy on the sidewalk. He was playing in front of a garden, just blooming. I looked up at a redbud in bloom and while listening to this gorgeous music, saw the sun lighting the tiny pink petals. The air was cool, but not cold. Nobody was walking slowly in front of me, and I meandered at my own pace. The scent of the nearby Starbucks lingered in the air and still the guy played on with his wacky, yet amazing instrument.

It was a beautiful moment. My heart was full of happiness and spring was certainly here. The sun was shining, the air was crisp, I had nothing in the world to complain about.

Obviously, I chose this moment to count my blessings.

Staring at the glowing petals of the tree above me, I thought, ‘Damn I’ve got it good………it’s Friday night and I can get all sorts of messy drunk, with no worries about tomorrow morning.’

I smiled at this lovely, serene afternoon and continued on my way.


Comments on: "Keeping my priorities straight." (8)

  1. Sweet. I love having days like that, but they tend to be few and far in between. But when they do happen I always make it a point to recognize and enjoy them as much as possible. ๐Ÿ™‚ At some time during such a day I’m know to turn to my wife and say something like “Can you believe it? This is our life.” Have a good weekend. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Wonderful Talea! When these rarities occur, you did exactly what one must do- embrace it with all your might!

    I envy your friday night drinking; you have fun and be safe ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ah, Happy Spring, Talea!

  4. Oh I remember the Loner Seat. Once I was on the Metro, I had a pretty bad day so I was not in the mood. Looking back it was pretty funny, there was me and this other lady, we both had eyes for the seat. I actually elbowed her out of the way, got to the seat, and she took the nearest one to make it look like she wasn’t trying to take the seat too!

    I find when I go to Toronto, the littlest things make me happy. Glad you had a good day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Oh my gosh this was so beautiful, and what a departure from everyday life in the funny/messed-up/annoying city of Toronto!!

    And ah yes…those liars and their stories about bang-alicious conquests…you only have to take one look at them to know that those tall tales aren’t close to being true, hahaha… ๐Ÿ™‚

    ….And on the poorly insulated headphones:

    A: Noise-reduction headphones are not that expensive at all

    B: Do these people really want the world to know that they listen to NSYNC’s greatest hits???? Seriously… (and on an unrelated note, the tune from the latest New Kids On The Block song is starting to stick in my head…*sigh.*…well whatever, I have noise-reduction super-insulated ear buds ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  6. I’m posting my own comment. You ALL missed the point. The point was a cheesy post, over the top, and then when I chose to count my blessings, I didn’t get all sappy about the trees! I was glad it was Friday and I could get messy drunk!
    Hence the TITLE of the post.

    God people, I have to teach you all to be a bit more cynical.

    But seriously, it WAS a nice moment.

  7. My priorities this past weekend involved reading my poetry at a major festival, and enjoying free drinks, food and a free hotel stay. Didn’t get ladies, but alcohol-tainted-poetry is almost as good.

  8. Suit yourself. It’s hard to tell when someone is being sarcastic on the internet, but I’ll try.

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