Tales From the City

Red all over

February 6, 2011

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I was out for lunch near Downtown Crossing when two women came by and asked for directions to the Red Line. Since we were near Washington Street, I started telling them how to get to the Downtown Crossing T stop. Halfway though my directions, one of the women interrupted me and said, “No, the red line on the sidewalk!” They were looking for the Freedom Trail.

David Comeau / Peabody

Timing is everything

While driving on the highway the afternoon of Christmas Eve, we stopped at a rest area to get coffee. There was a large sign at the Dunkin’ Donuts counter that read, “Free Coffee Christmas Eve” in large letters. Underneath, in small letters, was printed “9 p.m. to 6 a.m.” The gentleman in front of us ordered a cup of coffee and, when it was rung up, asked, “Isn’t this free?” The server looked up to the sign and said, “That’s after 9 o’clock.” The gentleman paid for his coffee and said to the server, “Merry Christmas,” then paused to add “after 9 o’clock.”

Tom Laughlin / Framingham

Basking in the glow

We recently took our two grandchildren to the New England Aquarium. As we were driving into Boston, Caroline, age 8, who had previously been on a school field trip to the aquarium, said to her brother Cameron, age 5: “You are going to love this place. It is so cool. There is a huge tank with giant turtles, sharks, and eels. The lights are really cool, too. Everything white glows in the dark. Wait until you see our shirts and our sneakers.”

Cameron was quiet for a moment, then asked his white-haired grandparents, “Nan, Pop, are your heads going to glow in the dark?”

Bob and Charleen Donahue Arlington

A candidate for home ec

My 10-year-old son and I were baking over the holidays. I asked him to read the next direction in the recipe, which said, “Add

1 cup of milk.” Helpfully, he then opened the cabinet of drinking glasses and asked, “Which cup do you want to use?”

Cynthia Canavan / Reading

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