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MTA’s Little Drummer Boy

MTA’s Little Drummer Boy

A young boy, not more than 10 years old, is walking through the number 6 train in New York City at 10:45pm. He is carrying a black book bag that has some stains, drumsticks and a drum with him. On his face is a mixture of emotions ranging from determination, sadness and frustration. Around his neck, instead of a gold chain, he wears a beaded necklace showing the colors and flag of his country, the Dominican Republic.

In true panhandle fashion, he shares that he is trying to raise some money and he will play some music on his drum. He sets his drum on a seat between two people. The little drummer boy begins to play. The wall, seat and floor become his extra drum support in his little show. Some are annoyed. Finding it to be very loud noise, they cover their ears. They completely lose what he is showing: passion, strength and determination to be heard.

As he sees the annoyance of some, he plays harder, determined to finish. He wants to put on the best show that he can. The better the show, the more money he can earn. For this little drummer boy, it isn’t just noise, it is his way of earning money using what he loves to do: play his drum.

Upon completion, he looks around and asks if anyone is willing to give him some money. It seems only fair. A show for a dollar. It has become common place in the New York City transit system. Only this is different.

Here we have a little boy walking through the trains playing his drum for money. He should be home in bed getting ready for school. Have New Yorkers become so jaded that seeing this has little to no affect on them? As I watched the faces of my fellow passengers, it seems it did not faze them. Only an event of massive proportions like Mother Nature’s fury or war are the only things that can shock.

As I laid my head on my pillow that night, I thought about the little drummer boy on the 6 train and prayed he would go home, sleep and wake up to be just a little boy who loves to play his drum. No worries. Just a boy and his drum.

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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in Life


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One Nation, Under God

Total devastation. That is the only way to describe what has happened here on the East Coast thanks to Superstorm Sandy. As many of you know, I live in New York City. Born and raise here. I am very proud of that. It has broken my heart to see all of the suffering around me.

With that pain, comes anger. Too many have turned this disaster into a political match. They have linked it to the presidential election.

This is not about politics. This is about everyone coming together for something greater than themselves. Listen to the stories coming out of this storm. People have lost family members. They have lost everything.

Whatever happened to the golden rule:

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?

People in New York have gotten into fights trying to get on a bus just to get to work. People are attacking our politicians for decisions they have made. It is not easy being in office and making the tough choices. It is so easy to attack and to criticize. Forgive them for their mistakes. They are human just as you are. Do you mean to tell me you have not made critical errors in judgement?

Understand that we are not going to get through this by attacking. We will get through this with faith, patience and understanding. We are here to help each other, not to attack. I love a lot of the things I have seen among my friends on Facebook where they are offering their homes to those who need a hot shower or to charge their phones. I love seeing the posts for others where to get gas and some who have offered to pick up gas for those who cannot.

I want everyone to understand this. It is not easy to make decisions as to who should get aid first. There is so much devastation around from the Jersey Shore to Staten Island. This isn’t just about New York. It is about New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and all of the other states affected by Superstorm Sandy.

Thank you to all of the utility companies from other states who have come up north to help restore power. I salute you. Thank you to those who have offered your time to help feed the hungry and clothe those who lost everything. Everybody can do something to help. From volunteering to donations of all types, there is a job for each and every one of us.

We are the United States of America. We the people make up what is considered to be a great nation. It is time we stand united, not apart. It does not matter who you are voting for. What matters is that we come together, one nation, under God.

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Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Life


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