Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu

Day 185 – How a bracelet changed my entire day


I was supposed to write about how horrible my day was. I was supposed to say how this morning after I left home I was terrified of something invading my body and seeing the whole process of it. I wanted to write about how bad it was and that my day didn’t improve at all not even after I left the hospital. Then, after I’ve met the new class I am going to teach on Wednesdays, I thought I should write about them and how cute they were and how much I loved working with them, but something else happened…

I got on the bus to go home and found an empty seat, which is very rare. It’s a very long ride home, so usually I read or write whenever I have the luxury to sit down. In front of me there was a middle-age lady with two enormous bags placed on the seat next to her and to my left was an old lady. I was just about to get my notebook out, when another old woman jumped on the “bag” lady, forcing her to get her stuff from the other chair so she could sit down. I wanted to offer her my seat, but she replied she wants to sit in the “what’s supposed to be” an empty seat and not “filled with crap” seat, thus forcing the “bag” lady to get up and let her sit down. It was kind of an awkward situation and because I really disliked the old lady’s attitude, I got up and offered the “bag” lady my seat.She was really surprised and thanked me from the bottom of her heart. After another couple of stops I found another seat and started rewinding the day in my head.

Ten minutes later , a voice was calling me and the “bag” lady smiled and asked me to give her my hand. I did, although her asking made me act very suspicious and she placed something in my hand. When I opened my palm I saw a little colorful bracelet and looked up to her to thank her, only to find a big smile on her face, telling me to not refuse: “It’s for the warmth you spread around you.” I accepted the bracelet and put it on my wrist, thinking that I am losing faith in humanity more and more and whenever someone does something nice for me I feel weird and uncomfortable. That is how my day changed from exhausting to great and by the way the bracelet is pretty cool too.

P.S. All the time while I was writing these few words, I had to change my place twice because there is a game of hide and seek going on around me and they have knocked down my computer twice now.  Not only did that lady change my mood for the day, but my house seems happier too.

About the author

Ela Vasilescu

I’m a writer based in Florence, Italy.

Human nature inspires me, different cultures, traditions, folk stories and the differences which make us unique. Documenting stories is a privilege, a glimpse into humanity, an unforgettable experience, one which I embrace and honour every day.

If you have a story twitching in the back of your pocket, one that is ready to be told, shared and heard, chances are I will be ready to listen; so don’t hesitate to send me an email.

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Writer In Florence Ela Vasilescu