Walking along the crowded lunch-hour sidewalk on Madison Avenue in January, I felt something unexpected on the top of my right foot. I looked down at a "wheelie" rolling off my shoe, being pulled along briskly by a well-dressed woman, eyes straight ahead, oblivious of where her suitcase had just been.
Like hit-and-run drivers who don't notice the bump of the person they ran over, she hadn't noticed the interference in her bag's progress.
She rushed along. I walked at a slower pace, limping a little, but a block later we were next to each other at the traffic light. I turned and said pleasantly, "You might want to keep closer track of your suitcase. It ran over my foot."
I expected, as she saw my gray hair and the evidence that I had about 30 years on her, "Oh, I'm so sorry, were you hurt?" Silly me.
What I got was this stern reproof: "You need to watch where you're walking!" Barely taking a breath, she asked, "Were you behind me or in front of me?" "Behind." (I had been next to her until she elbowed her way in front.) "Well," she said, clinching her case, "You need to be more careful. I don't have eyes in the back of my head!"
"You're very good at not taking responsibility," I said, and was amused when, taking this as a compliment, she said, "Thank you." And the light changed.
When the young man next to us raised an eyebrow in her direction, then rolled his eyes and grinned at me, I enjoyed sharing this moment with a stranger and was reminded why I love New York.
I started this blog to talk with other modern grandmothers about how you enjoy your grandchildren -- and I recently broadened the focus to include topics of interest to anyone of grandparent age, whether you have grandkids or not. My book "Super Granny: Great stuff to Do with Your Grandkids" inspired the blog, but if you go to my website, www.sallywendkosolds.com, you'll see that I have many other interests and have written on lots of them in 11 books and more than 200 articles about child development, family life, human relationships, health, and travel. As an oral historian, I have conducted video and audio interviews for several major projects. I’m an avid reader and a people-person.I would love to hear from you. Please leave comments and email me through my website.