I know what you are thinking. “Liz, why the hell have you posted a picture of a woman reading on the subway??” Well, my interest with this picture has nothing to do with the woman’s reading activity and everything to do with the sign above her. No, not the NYC metro map, but directly above that you will notice a sign with symbols for “no smoking,” “no littering,” no boom boxes” and the words “Please pray.” Obviously someone has vandalized this sign and it was originally meant to only say “Please.” BUT take a moment and think about how horrible a subway ride would be if everyone on board was smoking, littering, and listening to a large boom box. That sounds miserable! Note- I have yet to see a person walking around NYC with a giant boombox. Feel that I might need to revisit this “No Boombox” rule because it is kind of outdated and sounds almost as silly as “No Barbecuing in this area.”
Now, for those of you who don’t believe in a god or don’t typically find yourself asking an all-powerful source for help with such favors, this request for prayer wouldn’t be something you thought considered. And for those of you who do have a close relationship with said creator, you still might not pause to think about what this vandal has asked of those reading the sign. However, I found myself thinking very deeply about how thankful I was people weren’t allowed to do such things on a subway car. This then lead to be deciding that from now on am going to make a special point to thank the universe for making such rules possible. So, as awkward as taking a moment to pray that people don’t make your public transit more uncomfortable than it already is, I think taking a moment to thank the universe, science, god, or whatever you give credit for providing functional life here on earth wouldn’t be the worst thing.
I find New Yorkers generally don’t appreciate how lucky they are to have the some of the best restaurant, metro, park, and basic activity options in the world. Because I grew up in a small town in the middle of Arkansas, I know what life is like without those wonderful things, so am going to make a better effort to awkwardly give thanks to the universe for allowing me to life in such a fabulous city. A city made even greater because of basic rules like “No smoking on the subway.” In conclusion, my request to you, New York, is that you stop for a moment and be thankful for living in such a fabulous place. Note- this appreciation of rules does not apply to the recent large drink law that recently got passed.
Post Summary- Someone vandalized a subway sign.