Wednesday, March 02, 2011

...the things you see at Subway...

I ran out to Subway for lunch today...

Going to a Subway in the Downtown area is horrible.  You've got to hit it at just the right time or you walk into a line that literally wraps around the whole place & you stand in line for 20 - 30 minutes.

Yep - I didnt hit the sweet spot.. I'm in line... a LONG line...

Good think I'm a people's watcher... I really love to watch how people act, how they treat others, the looks on people's faces... it says so much.  I've said it before & I'll said it again - I feel like the people on "Lie to Me" - I feel like I'm pretty decent at reading faces....

So then I notice a young man sitting at a table eating... he's probably about 17 yrs old.  He has a pink t-shirt which to me was odd for a young man at 17.  Believe me, I dont stare... I just catch glances... & then I noticed the front of his shirt was for cancer awareness....

About that time, he took off a hat he had been wearing... his head had a scar on the side of it... he had no hair... his scalp looked red & blotchy... like he had radiation treatments. 

Here was this young man & suddenly, he didnt look so young to me.  Yes, in age he did - but in life, he was much older... he's gone through a lot.

I noticed he kept looking at the line.  In the line were two other kids about his age.  They kept turning & looking at him.  I wasnt sure if they were just staring at him or if they knew him.  They paid for their food & then went & sat with this young man...

I almost cried standing there in line...

These 2 young men who went & sat with their friend instantly took care of him.  They went & refilled his drink.  They checked he was ok.  They asked if he wanted anything else to eat (he had ate his sandwich while his friends were in line).  They were truly looking out for this young man...

& they sat there & laughed.. & talked.. & just enjoyed each other. 

As I finally got through the line, I saw them finishing up & saw them helping up their friend to his feet.  Not in a "you're helpless" kinda way - but a joking, "we've got your back buddy" fashion...

one guy even rubbed their friend's bald head before he put his hat on him...

& then they were gone out the door...

I just kept thinking about them.  Having lost friends to cancer - having seen what cancer does to someone - having had the privilege of being able to help someone go through the process of cancer - I know what these young boys are learning helping their friend...

& its such a hard life lesson... but so much love in it too...

Love they are giving... love they are receiving...

These young men?  I have a feeling they are all going to grow up to be some pretty amazing men...

... oh, the things you never think you're going to see at a Subway....


  1. Thank you for sharing this. What a beautiful picture you painted. I only hope if I'm ever called on to help someone like this, I'll be as loving and good a friend as these 2 young men were.

  2. That is beautiful! When we see so much of the negative in life and on the news it is wonderful to see some of the positive! And what a lesson for us all!

  3. That is such a sweet post. He has some great friends. That is amazing what they do for him. Have a great day!

  4. This really hit close to home for me. My mom and brother both died of cancer, so I know all too well what the "journey" is about. I have always had such a compassionate heart for those who are suffering from the's not an easy battle. What you observed truly warmed my heart and makes me still believe that there are GOOD people everywhere.:)

  5. What a great experience to see that from young people! I agree, those young boys will grow into some amazing men :)

  6. This is a great story - thanks for sharing it with us. And yes you made me tear up again - I know that's your goal in life :)

  7. I am all teary-eyed at work reading that :-( so touching....

    Kids really "get" each other and not in a patronizing way or with an awkwardness that we as adults might experience.

  8. I agree with the first commenter, your words painted the picture so vividly that it brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you for shaing this.

    Hugs & love,

  9. This made me tear up a little bit. A few years back, we found out that my Momma had cancer. She started chemo and my oldest sister, who drives truck, decided to cut all of her hair off and donate it to Locks of Love. My sister had some seriously long hair. Shortly after that my Momma and my step dad got married. I will never forget my sister walking in to the reception (they had a small wedding at the court house) in her black and PINK suit with no hair! Mom has been in remission for 5 years now, but it's something so very near and dear to my heart, having had a cancer scare of my own!
    As soon as I'm in shape, I want to run for a cancer marathon. I know that breast cancer is a huge one, but I would love to run in more than just the Komen marathon as well.

  10. Great story! You were blessed just witnessing that scene! I'll bet you were glad for the long line this time.

  11. Wow, what a great story. I'm so glad you shared it. I love those moments that restore your faith in humans!

  12. What a wonderful post. I loved this story.

  13. Oh, my Friend...what a wonderful story. Wow. This is so powerful!! What an honor that God allowed you to witness that. I know it brought back memories of you and your friend, Stephanie. Hugs, my sweet Rebecca!

  14. What an amazing post Rebecca.
    It totally brought tears to my eyes.
    Thank you so much for sharing!

  15. Dysfunctional Mom linked you up tonight! why didn't I think of that?! I love her...

  16. I hope I remember this wonderful example when somebody slams "kids today", lumping them all into some story of deteriorating values.

    Kids today can be great inspirations, and thanks for sharing.

  17. This post brought tears to my eyes.
    Also great showing teenagers being kind and nice..
    such a lovely post..

  18. It is unsual to find such mature young men willing to stick with a sick friend! I'm glad you witnessed that and I know you are too.

  19. this story warmed my heart! thanks for sharing!!

    rhonda :-)


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