Saturday

I was on my way home..

I was on my way home on the metro yesterday when a man sat down close to me and carefully arranged his belongings on the floor in front of his feet. He then leaned forward and turned his head, staring at me. I didn't respond. The younger man in the corner between us exited at the next station and once reseated, the older man proceeded to again lean forward and stare at me.

This time, I turned and met his eye and smiled. He gave a huge smile in return, and a small nod of his head. At the next stop, he gathered his things and as he got up, he leaned in and said to me, "I'm in charge of the whole world". I watched as he walked through the train doors, straight to an empty bench and settled in for the evening. He didn't look up as the doors closed and we moved away.

I was on my way home having spent the afternoon walking through Parc LaFontaine with Karie. We had two films each to finish before dropping them in to the photo lab. The park has been completely transformed by snow since I was last there and it was beautiful seeing dogs cavorting in it, and watching skaters on the ice.


Having changed plans several times in the last few days, I think we are now going to bring in the new year quietly at home, with some warm mulled wine and perhaps a Madmen episode or two. It's been a big year in so many ways and I think greeting 2011 calmly sounds pretty good.

 

So, happy new year to all my friends and family who I love and cherish, laugh with, break bread with, am inspired by. And all those who I miss and wish I could give bearhugs to.  And to all the people I hardly know but who take the time to drop in here and read my blog sometimes...

Bon Année !! xx

8 comments:

karine leger said...

that's a great squirrel picture !! : )

happy new year 2011 to you to dear !!

i am so happy happy you will still be here, in spring, to have a traditionnal sugar shack experience ! : )

the river said...

I can't wait!! And thank you for changing my mind about last night - I'm glad we came out... Bonne Année mon amie!

saphael said...

I'm glad you met God on the train...taking photos on film sounds wonderful and inspiring.

annie stephens said...

happy new year dear heart. i hope 2011 will be beautiful for us all (with a visit to the photo lab for us soon)!

the river said...

I'm happy I met God on the train too :)

Happy New Year to you too Annie Stephens. 2011 will be beautiful - I have no doubt. Can't wait for our photo/coffee/cake date xx

Lin said...

A belated happy new year to you too! We miss you!

Hsien-ku said...

damn it - I thought I was in charge of the whole world, what an embarrassing mistake (don't tell anyone)

the river said...

Oh dear, how awkward... (my lips are sealed)