John Marsden Writing Topic #394

Describe an interruption that put spice into your life**

A few weeks ago I was taking my usual train home from work. Being peak hour it was overcrowded and I had to stand, however out of the blue a tradie pointed out an empty seat for me to sit on. I thanked him and pointed out it was very chivalrous of him to offer it to me. He then told me that he hasn’t heard many people use the word chivalrous and I told him I was a writer. I then started a conversation with a friend of mine who was standing next to this tradie, until he found a seat elsewhere when the train stopped at the next station.

After my friend went elsewhere, the tradie sat next to me and asked me about my writing. From then on we chatted non-stop until I had to leave for another train. We never told each other our names.

While this interruption of my usual daily commute did provide a tiny little spice into my life, it actually provided me with hope. Hope that I am capable of meeting and talking to a man and experiencing chemistry with him, an experience that I have been deprived of for years.



**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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