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Throw Bubbie On the Train

Luci and I came home on the train today. My mother took us to the station. She is not allowed through the doors to the platform anymore.

Back in November, she was allowed on the platform, and she came down to help me and Luci. She even boarded the train to make sure we were situated. Those simple things like finding a seat become much more of a juggling act when there’s a baby involved. It was sweet of my mother to help, and would have made things much easier, except for the fact that before she got off, the train started moving.

Poor Bubbie. The look on her face when she realized the train was in motion. It reminded me of when I was first learning to drive and lost control of the car during a flash flood. Her hand went to her heart, and there was a look, which I can only describe as trapped disbelief. It was a look I hoped never to see again.

We called Zaidey to tell him she wouldn’t be coming back to the car for about, oh say another two hours. She had to go to Delaware first, where she could get off this train and on to the next one heading to Baltimore. At least they didn’t make her buy a ticket.

Once she realized there was no getting off, my mother settled onto her seat, a delighted Luci on her lap. I snapped a photo and texted it to my family. “What’s wrong with this picture?” I wrote.

My brother replied away. “Mom forgot her coat?” he suggested.

“And the rest of her stuff,” I replied, “because she’s not supposed to be on the train.”

We had a bag of food from Edmart to sustain us if need be, so the situation wasn’t totally hopeless. I wish I could say the same for Zaidey in the parking lot.