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Kiss Someone Before You Go

The subway train sways back and forth, its wheels screeching more fiendishly than ever against the tracks. Outside the window the freezing cold of winter rules and the dreary bay looks like a yawning abyss as the train rumbles across it. The carriage is filled with frozen self-centered, bored passengers. Good morning!

Suddenly a little boy pushes his way in between discourteous grown-up legs – the kind that only grudgingly make room for you. While his father stays by the door, the boy sits next to the window, surrounded by unfriendly, morning-weary adults.

What a brave child, I think.

As the train enters a tunnel, something totally unexpected and peculiar happens. The little boy slides down from his seat and puts his hand on my knee. For a moment, I think that he wants to go past me and return to his father, so I shift a bit. But instead of moving on, the boy leans forward and stretches his head up towards me. He wants to tell me something, I think. Kids! I bend down to listen to what he has to say. Wrong again! He kisses me softly on the cheek.

Then he returns to his seat, leans back and cheerfully starts looking out of the window. But I’m shocked. What happened? A kid kissing unknown grown-ups on the train? To my amazement, the kid proceeds to kiss all my neighbors.

Nervous and bewildered, we look questioningly at his father, “He’s so happy to be alive,” the father says. “He’s been very sick.”

The train stops and father and son get down and disappear into the crowd. The doors close. On my cheek I can still feel the child’s kiss – a kiss that has triggered some soul-searching. How many grown-ups go around kissing each other from the sheer joy of being alive? How many even give much thought to the privilege of living? What would happen if we all just started being ourselves?

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  • Pawan January 2, 2015, 10:55 am

    Very good story
    thnks for the story
    god bless u!!!!!

  • Anand karn September 3, 2014, 1:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing this types of story……

  • Train kiss May 17, 2014, 7:22 am

    I fell in love with this guy almost two years ago. He has a lot going in his life but we went out last week and it was nice we held hands…he didn’t want to let go of my hand…it was so romantic.

  • Window kiss April 5, 2014, 1:06 am

    I hurt you if I say those three words. And that is why we kiss, laugh, and cry, and secretly say ‘I love you’ to one another.

  • Shiena ditan March 19, 2014, 9:40 am

    Very sad story..

  • Rita January 23, 2014, 12:06 am

    Thanks for sharing these nice stories. A smile warms the heart and soul.

  • Grezy January 18, 2014, 2:53 am

    A story worth to share… that’s how beautiful life is.

  • Caty January 12, 2014, 1:47 pm

    When u look from 1 side it’s funny but on the other side it’s soooooo sweet!

  • Himanish January 11, 2014, 4:25 am

    Such an inspiring story. Nice one.

  • Aljean January 8, 2014, 10:44 am

    Yeah Manali, most of us take it for granted. Which in the end, we regret a lot of things that we should have done when we still had the time 🙁

    Inspiring story 😀

  • Manali January 6, 2014, 10:50 am

    Beautiful story! It makes you understand the value of life … priceless life… how easily we take it for granted…
    thanks for this beautiful story : )

  • Lynn January 6, 2014, 6:50 am

    Nice story !!

  • Joseph Muya January 6, 2014, 4:26 am

    Very interesting story

  • Chris January 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

    A fascinating story to which, reminds us of how much we do care and appropriate life to its fullest… I agree, obviously, we hardly appropriate how much life has given us… thanks…

  • Waqas aziz January 4, 2014, 10:24 pm

    Very interesting, my four year old son has recently started behaving in the same manner after been seriously ill. He had recently gone through a life threatening experience, he has hydrocephalus and broke his shunt while playing but we were lucky to reach the hospital in time but the kid who is so hard to be restricted to sit normally had to go through such a painful experience.

  • Rachel January 4, 2014, 4:59 pm

    I agree with Jean, a smile will do, a kiss is a little over the top.

  • Manjunath s January 4, 2014, 12:16 pm

    Nice story. Speaks volumes of the plight of the present day so called living. We are only existing. More options in everything has made life more complex. We are choice lessly in this mad race.

  • Djebbari Abderraouf January 4, 2014, 5:34 am

    He really gives life its true value :’)

  • Arifa January 3, 2014, 9:01 pm

    True enough Jean … coz I don’t think I should kiss a guy sitting next to me lol .. but jokes apart this is a great story we only value life and the people around us if we know that today will never come again every moment is precious.

  • Jean January 3, 2014, 6:56 pm

    If not a kiss, how about a smile?

  • Liana January 3, 2014, 6:06 pm

    How beautiful … child-like love, faith and thankfulness.

  • Camilia January 3, 2014, 4:10 pm

    Incredible… it teaches us the importance of living, enjoying and being who we are in the same time.

    THANKS…

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