I stepped onto the Metro tonight, on my way home from work, and there was a 20-something girl in all black sitting in the seat designated for the elderly and handicapped. Next to her, on a seat also designated for the elderly and handicapped sat two of her bags: a stuffed red duffel bag and a large khaki and navy plaid purse.
It was about 6 p.m., and slushy outside, so the Metro was more packed than usual. As we traveled from Foggy Bottom to Metro Center, people continued to get on and when we got to Farragut West there were about 15 people standing up and gripping the poles to steady their balance. When the train stopped, a guy in his 20s holding crutches hobbled on. He stood, with one leg bent, directly next to the seat with this girl’s bags on them.
Still, even though she looked up, the girl did not make a move to offer the seat. Instead, she sat with her jaw set in a scowl holding a book and a ballpoint pen to mark passages.
She was reading Stephen Covey’s “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change.”