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Topic: THE UGLY TOURIST (07/09/15)
- TITLE: My Train Ride
By Lisa Hudson
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I found myself not wanting to get out of my comfortable and warm bed, but I knew I was supposed to prepare for the trip that had already been planned for me. I would have been just fine staying in my every day clothes, but I had to put on what everyone else was wearing. My collar feels stiff, and there’s a tag poking me in the back. My pants feel heavy against my legs and my shoes feel tight. And I’m hungry…really hungry. I wonder what I’ll be eating for lunch? I hope it isn’t nasty like what we had for breakfast. I guess I shouldn’t be so grumpy. My needs are being met, and I have a warm place to sleep, so I shouldn’t complain. Sometimes it’s hard though.
I claimed my place to sit, before we started heading out. I was glad to find a place where I could just ride along, minding my own business. I like it better when I don’t have to do anything to draw attention to myself. It makes the journey so much easier. But doesn’t it always figure… You try to keep to yourself and then that idiot that obviously has no one else to talk to sits down next to you, just so they can tell you their life story for hours and hours, without taking a breath. I’ll let him finish this last story, but then I’m pretending to fall asleep! I just want to keep to myself, doggone it.
Oh, great. The train has broken down. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. We’ll never get to our final destination at this rate. They have told us we will be stranded for a while, but for how long? Even they aren’t sure. Now I have to sit here and wait, with nothing to eat or drink for who knows how long. I don’t have patience for this. I wish I never started on this trip. What’s the point in it? And someone needs to stop that baby from crying! My goodness! I’m getting a headache now.
I guess I better go see why it’s crying, if I’m going to get any peace and quiet. But then again, once I get involved, that’s it. I’ll be stuck for the duration. I can’t stand that wailing though. Actually relieved for a reason to get away from the blabbermouth next to me, I made my way back toward the obnoxious crying. I found an infant strapped in a seat, as the mother fed another baby! Goodness! She must be crazy to have two brats! Deciding it was nothing serious, I headed back to my seat. Just a hungry baby… No big deal.
Finally, the train was moving again, and to my delight, the blabbermouth had moved to a different seat. I was so thankful to be by myself again. Peace and quiet at last. I started to doze when I heard a bunch of laughter coming from the front of the car. I heard voices saying, “We’re almost there! I can’t wait!” Another person said, “I really enjoyed our trip, but it’s nothing compared to what lies ahead!” What were they talking about? This trip had been a nightmare!
As I listened to their laughter and their stories, I couldn’t help but wonder if I had missed something on this trip. I didn’t notice anything wonderful. It was all rather annoying to me, yet they are acting like they had the time of their life. Even Blabbermouth was excited. A voice came over the loud speaker and said “We will be arriving at our final destination shortly. Please make sure you’re ready before you depart.” The voice went on to say, “You’ll be allowed to carry with you only one thing that should have been found during our journey, in order to enter.”
What item were they talking about? I didn’t find anything. I didn’t know I was supposed to look for anything. I stood up with my baggage in hand, and followed the others toward the exit. A young man asked me, “Did you find what you were supposed to?” I told him I didn’t know what he was talking about. “What was I supposed to have found?” I asked. He said, “Jesus”. When I told him I hadn’t, he told me, “I’m sorry. It’s too late for you to enter in. You must have Jesus.” In the twinkle of an eye, my trip was over.
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