Orwell Award Announcement SusanOhanian.Org Home

A Brooklyn Morning

Susan Notes:

Our schools could use a whole lot more of this kind of problem solving.

from Metropolitan Diary


One morning in Brooklyn on the Jay Street subway platform, I stood waiting for the train and watching families returning from church in their Sunday best.

Through the crowd came a very tall woman in a big yellow hat. She was holding the hand of a man who appeared to be her son. She looked to be in her 60s and he in his 30s. The man appeared to be developmentally disabled, and they walked slowly.

Suddenly, the man began to have an attack of some kind. He was convulsing and yelling. People began to stare and step away.

With not a moment̢۪s pause, the woman calmly took in a long, deep breath and, pulling her son̢۪s head to her chest, began to sing the most beautiful gospel song. As she swayed back and forth, her son was comforted and became quiet.

The crowed gathered until she was done, and applause broke out at the end. I will never forget the moment, her incredible voice and the inspiring way to turn an upsetting moment completely around.
--Rebekah Brooks

— Metropolitan Diary
New York Times


This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of education issues vital to a democracy. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information click here. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.