Overheard: Fools, Drunks and Children

As the streetcar began moving, a man in the back started hollering.

MAN: BUCKLE IN, EVERYBODY! WE’RE MOVING! Hoooooly. Holy MACKEREL.

He subsided after a bit, but every once in awhile –

MAN: WHOO! We’re going FAST!

Until he finally headed down to the doors to wait for the next stop. He spotted a teenage boy.

MAN: Hey. Hi. Hey.

TEEN: Uh… hi.

MAN: Sorry, I’ve been drinking. Don’t tell anybody, eh?

TEEN: …yeah.

MAN: Promise?

TEEN: Yeah.

MAN: Let me guess. You’re coming back from school?

TEEN: Yeah.

MAN: You learning a lot?

TEEN: I guess.

MAN: Good. Good, my friend. Good. [happy sigh] You know what? Only good can come from listening. Remember that.

TEEN: …ok.

The man bumped fists with the bemused teenager.

MAN: Peace, man.

TEEN: Yeah. Peace.

MAN: Do good! Do good in school!

He hopped off the bus and went striding down the street, his words trailing off behind him.

MAN: Hooooly. Holy MACKEREL. Ha! What a beautiful day…

Photo Jenny Downing