The morning crowd livens up the train car
The six of them are always talking loudly, animatedly, across the aisle and over five seats. Two men and four woman. One guy is a fairly flamboyant guy man, both in dress, manner of speaking and words uttered about his sexual proclivities. He is around 40.
Three of the women are a bit older. One woman, who is mostly the quiet listener, is under 30. The other guy is around 40 also.
There's always some lively conversation, either about the news ("Did you read the Dorothy Tillman got herself thrown in jail this weekend?"), or their personal lives.
On this particular morning, the gay guy was explaining to the ladies the various steps in the 12 Step AA program. I gather they are all living in the same house in and outpatient treatment program.
"So, after you been there a month, then they let you go to meetings outside the house. But you gotta keep working the program, making your lists of people you've hurt and all that."
A woman talks about her experience outside the house, and how it's good to hear other people's stories. "And I was the lead in one of the meetings," she proudly announced.
God love them all, for bringing new life to a deadly dull morning ride, and for working the program and taking it one day at a time.