yesterday morning i was almost to the stairs to go underground when i realized i forgot my wallet. i quickly turned around and jogged all the way down the block back to 41st avenue. i got about halfway back to my apartment where the man sits in the morning on the brick planter in front of his building.
“good morning,” he says every morning when i pass. “have a nice day.”
i always smile and return the sentiment.
i had already passed him on this day i forgot my wallet, and here i was passing him again.
“you forgot something?”
“i forgot my MTA card.”
“oh here, let me give you some cash.”
“oh, no, i can’t.”
“don’t worry about it,” he said pulling out a wad of cash from his pocket.
he handed me a $20. omg.
i thanked him after he wouldn’t let me refuse, told him i’d get him back tomorrow morning, and was quickly on my way back to the subway station.
this morning i left a little earlier and stopped at the ATM to pull out $20 to pay him back. as i approached his building i noticed he wasn’t sitting in his usual spot. i put the 2 10s the ATM dispensed back in my wallet and figured i’ll see him tomorrow, hoping he won’t think i took off with his $20.
halfway down the block almost to the subway stop, i’m somewhere in my head.
“hello, how are you today?” are the words that interrupt wherever i was.
i look up, there he is walking with a newspaper and a brown bag presumably with his breakfast inside of it.
“oh!” i pull out my wallet and start to unzip the compartment holding the cash.
“don’t worry about it, just go to work!” he tells me.
tomorrow morning i’ll try again.