Overcoming Transit Woes

20191022_102338On a day that featured transportation problems both going to and leaving work, I truly needed a Perfect Moment to rescue me from the grumpy moods I was bound to be in. Luckily, I found one at each end of the day.

I left a minute or two late, but I expected to be able to catch the bus. Sadly, while I was too far away to do anything about it, I watched the bus cross my path and zip past my bus stop without even a hint of stopping.  As sad as this was (and it was plenty sad) I expected to wait at most 20 minutes for the next bus.  Sadly, despite promises from the digital announcement board, I waited 40 minutes for the next bus.  It was raining and all the seats were wet.  In frustration, I wanted to lash out and do something.  It might have been my fault for missing the bus, but it was earlier than usual….and the next one was a long time away.  I shouted out loud a couple of times, but thankfully no one heard me.  At least I think no one heard me.

I looked over into the corner and the tree that fellow blogger Quinn liked so much reminded me that there was beauty and resiliency in nature. No matter how much we concrete it over, things will thrive and grow.  It might need stubborn determination, but if you’ve got it, you need it to work for you.

Later on in the day, it was announced that there was a major problem on the TTC Subway System. There were different theories–the students always think it is a suicide when the subway stops working.  I try and explain to them that it is far more likely the result of incompetence, but they steadfastly refuse to believe me.  It turns out that a building contractor breached the walls of the subway tunnel and for safely reasons the subway was not running.

I really didn’t relish the thought of taking a crowded shuttle bus and knew that I would probably walk the two stations distance it would take to get past the affected areas. I was pretty upset about this in a kind of Woe is me moment.20191021_180455

I looked down on a student’s desk and spotted an interesting book. I didn’t know what it was really about but I liked the title.  I thought it sounded so appropriate for an ESL student, though suspecting I would get more out of the book than they would.  Nonetheless, it brought a bit of joy to me.  I love it when my students show an interest in reading and the book just sounded so good.

I smiled all the way to the subway and was so happily rewarded when I discovered that the situation had been resolved and I would not need to take a shuttle bus or walk.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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4 Responses to Overcoming Transit Woes

  1. Claudette says:

    Firstly, that looks like an amazing book! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to investigate.

    Second, the TTC…I feel you, friend. Incompetence abound. It’s such a mess and you have to wonder why so many people end up chosing cars in this gridlocked city. I lived and traveled in Europe for a long time and see evidence that efficiency can be done. Why is it taking so long here? Maddening.

  2. leggypeggy says:

    Wow, what a book. Hope I can find one for myself.

  3. Marjorie Swain says:

    Did you get a chance to scan a few pages?

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