A While back I went to a place called Queens House! which is like a community center for the residents who live in the neighborhood.
There were alot of old people there and they were doing senior citizenly things. A woman walked out of one of the rooms with her Walker. She was Caucasian, possibly Italian or maybe Jewish. She looked at me and my friend and smiled. I have manners so I smiled back and she followed my smile with a statement that almost made me go WTF?, but I wouldn't ever say that to an older person because ....they're old.
She Said: "You People..."
And left it as that for a second; as if she was thinking of what she would say next. So I waited for what I thought would be an inevitable racist remark coming from this old woman. I was wrong because she followed up with "Are the nicest people in the world". Me being "Sista Soulja" as Newnie calls me was stuck on the 'you people' part of her statement. Curious as to what random statement she would make next I just looked at her, confused while she kept talking:
"Your People saved my life. I was in some trouble some years ago when i was about 20 years old (Mind you she's definitely 80, pushing 90) when I used to live in Brownsville Brooklyn and I Almost died when a black woman nursed me back to health and helped me. She saved My Life"
I sat there and thought and almost felt shamed because I realized that living in NY makes you expect the worse from people. And Just Like a New Yorker, .... She amazed me and made me change that mindset. She said she had to go but wished she could share all of the details of her story.
I don't know whyyyyy that story means so much to me, or why I decided to share it, but I've been thinking about that lady since last month when the incident occurred and how amazing her story could have been if she had the time to share it.