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And every day the world seems a little stranger

She boards the bus and slowly begins to make her way down the isle looking for a seat. As she walks, she notices each face, some shocked, a few shaking their heads, other eyes are filled with pity inside. One thing they all have in common, is that each one can clearly see the mark he’s left on her face the night before. She closes her eyes as she takes her seat and opens them only to gaze out the window, hoping not to meet another eye until the bus finds her stop. She tries to push the events of the previous night out of her mind, though deep down she wonders if things will ever change….And every day the world seems a little stranger.

At the back sits a boy, his head down in his book. Within he pleads that the teacher not call upon him, just a boy at the back does he wish to remain. He’s smart, ever quiet, without a single thing to say, the teacher says he gives her no trouble at all. As the day wears on he wills time to move faster, this isn’t the place to feel he belongs, his classmates always seek to remind him of that. The only thing that’s different from this boy to the rest, is simply the color of his beautiful skin. Once home with his Mother, he begs to understand, she has no answers that he could possibly comprehend. Her heart breaks seeing her boy’s tearful face and she holds her little man tight….And every day the world seems a little stranger.

Over coffee he sits with the paper in hand, each day the headlines bring something new. Today reads the story of a young girl gone missing, he looks up from the paper and sees his daughter smiling away. Inside he wonders how she’ll turn out to be, inside he fears the world awaiting her once she steps out the door. Only trust and faith will see her unharmed. He looks down once more at the young girl in the headlines shaking his head….And every day the world seems a little stranger.

An old woman sits on the park bench each morning, as she sits she throws seeds to the pigeons who come there. She chats about her life to the birds all the while, sharing memories long gone about days when she smiled. Those who pass by, give an odd sort of look, whispered comments about her being not quite all there. Not a soul bothers to ask how her day might be going, not a soul seems to have any time. Only the birds she comes to feed every morning at 8 o’clock….And every day the world seems a little stranger.

So passionate he stands and proud of his job, each youthful face awaits each day just for him. He teaches the children about science and maths, the history of the world and the adventures in books. When the little girl fell, she wrapped her arms tight around him in a hug filled with tears, second nature it was for she was in pain. Just a hug done in comfort, nothing more, nothing less. Yet here before him stands an angry mob of worried Mothers, shouting out for something to be done. He cries deep inside, his passion to teach consumes his heart, but here lies the consequence for being a man amongst children in this day in age….And every day the world seems a little stranger.

Each day we face the negative in this world, each day we live between sorrow and hope. In order to make change, we must be willing to face what’s broken, to see the wrongs to make all the rights. It’s all too easy to say you’d do things differently than someone else, it’s easy to say you wouldn’t behave in the way they would. The hardest part is being willing to see that others face a different set of challenges, life handed them a different path to walk. Until you face those challenges you cannot honestly say you would be different, you might surprise yourself at what you actually would do.

If you can see what’s wrong in this world, then surely you know what’s right.

A smile from a stranger can mean the difference between acceptance and judgement. Try it, perhaps then the world wouldn’t feel quite so strange, if only for that moment.

14 Responses to “And every day the world seems a little stranger”

  1. Alice in Wonderland says:

    Mesina, I have left you a little gift on my blog!

  2. Raising Z says:

    That was really powerful. I am actually in tears right now. It is so true how we get wrapped up in our everyday that we forget to reach out to those around us. It is a scary world and change does need to start with each of us. Thanks for sharing that.

  3. stone hunter says:

    Beautiful Mesina.

  4. Alice in Wonderland says:

    I love your posts so much that I've just been re-reading them to pass the time, and I LOVE …And every day the world seems a little stranger, because it really does, and I felt that I just had to write to you again! This world of ours is just so crazy at times! I cried when I first read it, and I cried the second time. I wonder just who takes time to smile or say a kind word to these people. People have become so wrapped up in themselves that they fail to notice these little things. A smile could have made that old lady's day. She may sit at home not seeing anyone all day long.
    From now on, I am going to make a resolution to try and brighten someone's life every day. The world has become a scary place to live, but if I can make one person smile, then it has really made MY day too!
    Kind words cost nothing, and in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often forget the thoughts of other people!

  5. Mesina says:

    Thank you all so much for your kind feedback. I am always so pleased to hear that people are taking a little something from my posts, it makes all this so much more worth while to me. I'm also more pleased that people are getting the point of this post straight away, that in itself, the message if you will, didn't get lost in translation. We do get caught up in our everyday and more importantly, we fear reaching out to strangers in this modern day. Most people are good, most people are harmless, using your instincts to judge what is and isn't is a great place to start. Some of the most amazing people are indeed just sitting on a park bench feeding the birds.

    You all really made my day with these comments, thank you so much! ?

  6. love lives in the kitchen says:

    Hello, you are a really good writer.. i like your blog. i'll be back 😉
    wish you a great monday and hello from sits!
    justyna

  7. Tamela says:

    What a wonderful, powerful, and thought provoking post. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog on my SITS day.

  8. SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB says:

    that was wonderful, wonderful, wonderful – as always – you should be a writer – oh wait, you are 🙂 thanks for stopping by the crib!

  9. The Blonde Duck says:

    This is so haunting and poignant.

  10. Tiffany says:

    beautifully written. it's weird b/c when i was younger i was always quick to say 'i would never do…' but the truth is, we really have no idea. Even more so since i've had children. you never know what kind of day/life a person is having. i keep reminding myself of that and try to smile at people more when i'm out. they don't always smile back, but that's okay.
    again, wonderfully written and thought provoking. hope you're having a great monday!

  11. Kim says:

    You reallt have a way with words! I think I've told you before that I thought you were a writer all along. Nice Job. A really thought provoking post, I hope that I can make the difference for someone someday! Have a great week!

  12. Chocolate Lover says:

    First time visiting your blog and it was a great pleasure! You write beautifully! What a thought provoking story. We do get so wrapped up in our own little worlds sometimes and forget to open our eyes and look around us…
    Visiting from SITS

  13. Just this one says:

    Thank you.

  14. Jeanette says:

    Love your writing !! This is good stuff !!

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