Sunday, February 24, 2013

Knitting on the Train


               Leaving New York City, I arrived a bit early for the 3:30 train. It was at the track and the doors were open so I entered and chose a seat (next to the window) on the side with three seats with the idea that it would give me a little more room for knitting if the train were not so crowded.  The two gentlemen were very tall, slender and silver haired, similar in build and gait, perhaps they were brothers.   
               “Excuse me,” the older one said.  “Are these two seats taken?”  Well, so much for my hope of extra room. 
               “No,” said I, motioning with my hand, "please, sit down."  We all settled in, me with my knitting on my lap, they with their conversation.  It was clear, by their conversation, that they were educators.  The older man, sitting next to me was, apparently, a college professor.  The other man, in the aisle seat, seemed to be an administrator of some sort.  They talked of student initiatives and the progress of new and old programs, Montessori education and how integrating handcraft into the children’s lessons was very useful in the overall educational developement of students.  I smiled a knowing smile. They discussed their families and how their respective wives were.  After about 15 or 20 minutes into their catching up with each other, I became aware that the tightness of our seating situation and my method of throwing with my right hand as I knit may just be irksome to my seatmate. 
               “I’m sorry, sir, is my arm motion bothering you?”
               “Absolutely, not.”  He placed his hand on my shoulder and continued, “My daughter is also a knitter.  She knits all the time.  You make me feel like I’m right at home.”  That is a true statement about the effects of knitting (even on those who do not knit) and one of the nicest things anyone as ever said to me.  

Bible verse for today - 
" Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it."   Hebrews 13:2