Colorful girls laughing it up on the 1 train. Loving their energy, but tourist woman glancing up nervously, cautiously. Aw. They won't hurt u.I was really moved by the girls and then startled by the out-of-towner's fear. I felt the urge to express it, and my iPhone was already in my hand.
It started out much longer. The girls were colorful in a lot of ways, calling each other niggers and bitches, but playfully and skillfully, too.
But nobody reads facebook updates that ramble on. So I trimmed it way back. Before I posted, I flipped over to Twitter and pasted it in there. Still too long. Eighty characters over. I whittled it down again.
Twitter tolerates no over-runs, so I had to slice out the second word of "glancing up" in my tweet. Just could not find two other characters to sacrifice during that short ride. But I was satisfied.
Two minutes later, a Facebook friend that I don't think I've actually met responded: