Thursday, November 14, 2019
My New Friends from Chile
I was sitting in the waiting room of the LIRR in Glen Head this morning, having my coffee and one of Kathy's scones. These two men came in and looked around and seemed puzzled. They were holding train tickets. So I asked if they were going to Manhattan, and they said "yes." I said: "You are on the right side of the tracks for going to New York." And then I explained how the train would stop in Jamaica and everyone would have to get off and switch trains. We walked out to the platform for the arriving train, and we started talking. We got on the train and sat across the aisle from each other and talked all the way to Penn Station! They are Angel, on the left and Mauricio, on the right, both from Chile. They arrived here in the US. on October 1 to visit relatives in Manchester, VT and Sea Cliff and were headed to Manhattan to see some sights, including St. Patrick's Cathedral and the New York Public Library. Here's the traumatic part - right after they arrived in the United States, Chile, which is a very peaceful and prosperous and politically stable country has been rocked by protests and rioting. Looters are setting fire to churches and subway stations! They are not sure what they will find when they return home. We had such a nice talk about their country and our country and about people and how they behave. I am worried for them and what they will find when they return home.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:40 PM