I have seen my share of characters on the bus and other places I frequent, whether they be of the interesting or weird variety. I have described for you my bus and supermarket crushes ad nauseam (which is why I didn’t describe the person with the beautiful smile I saw on Saturday at the No Frills). Today’s is of the interesting variety.
I caught a late subway and took a seat and was getting ready to dive into my book. My eye caught something purple across the subway car. Maybe because they are my school colours, I gravitate towards them. It could also have something to do with the lingering grey that hasn’t given way to Spring yet.
I squinted towards the purple and recognized it as a flower in the woman’s hair. It seemed a bit odd, but maybe flower power was back. While pondering this a bit more, I noticed that the woman was older than I expected. I am not a great guesser of ages, but term senior citizen hit me like a ton of bricks—and a real senior citizen, not the “close enough for a discount” variety. She had her grey locks styled in a fauxhawk and she had a huge number of earrings in her ears. When I say huge, I would guess 15 to 20 per ear. Of course, it could be one earring shaped to look like twenty earrings, but my gut says they were individual piercings.
I could go on trying to explain her unique fashion sense, but instead would rather talk about my admiration for someone who was doing what they wanted to do and didn’t feel constrained by society. She was forging her own path and obviously had been doing so for quite some time.
She caught me looking and shot me a friendly smile. A genuine friendly smile, not a fake friendly smile meant to allay my suspicions. I smiled back. I had read a quote earlier this week on WP from one of the bloggers I am following. Her name is Audrey and you can check her out here. She was quoting Dr. Seuss.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
I guess someone knew what was in store for me. Maybe not a perfect moment but a memorable and attitude shifting one.