Just a few quick snippets from another conversation with a stranger….. ☕️
The man on the train
The man on the seat next to me was determined to have a conversation, despite my headphones, he made me take them off four times during the journey, FOUR times 😆 🎧 apologising profusely each time and then proceeding to talk at length. 😊
He’s a rare one!
I’ll call him Chris.
He seemed like a lovely dad, Chris spoke about the many ways he’d been supporting his adult daughter, who had split from her seemingly manipulative “all talk no action” husband, who’d caused his daughter a great deal of trauma. Divorce was pending – Chris never thought much of his son-in-law from day one, and was proved right. 😔
Chris had stepped in and bought his daughter and son-in-law’s home from them, as they were struggling with the mortgage. Daughter and dad also wanted to avoid the son-in-law getting half the value of the house sale, when they finally divorced. 🏡
Chris had had quite an emotional day at a family event, he said what a miserable day it had been the day before and then compared it to today (at the time) and how lovely the sunshine was – which was true. The sun was glowing and the sunset building up was hard to ignore (and hard to take a decent picture of while the train was moving at top speed).
Talk turned to family, and that weird set up of only meeting certain relatives at family events and then – them not really being in your life at any other time and how making an effort is a two way street. It can’t just be you that always reaches out and they never bother.
Chris told me his wife had fully recovered from a very serious illness, thankfully. 🙏
Travel has always been Chris’s bag – he’d done 48 countries by age 48 and now wanted to do more to far exceed the number of his years. Chris had travelled alone and with his wife, he said his wife didn’t mind when he went off on adventures by himself.
Argentina was one of the next on his bucket list.
A free year of travel was also enjoyed by his daughter, courtesy of The Bank of Dad 😉
Hats off to all the great dads out there ✨💫
So, the man on the train turned out to be a proud and protective father in need of global adventures – and I’d say ‘oblivious’ to the unspoken and unfortunate norms of isolated self absorption when travelling on public transport…especially from big cities. I love this.
I hope there are more people like Chris around, who will dare to interrupt multiple times, and make you turn off your music, put down your book, pause that Netflix series and just have a good old fashioned human to human chat.
I’m not as daring as Chris – if you’re engrossed in something I’ll probably be the last person to interrupt unless it’s absolutely necessary 🙃