I’m on the train the other day on my way to work. A woman I worked with almost twenty years ago gets on and stands in front of me. She doesn’t see me and I look down at my book because I don’t want to make conversation.
We weren’t friends but worked in the same restaurant for about a year. Well enough to remember, long enough ago to forget. I read my book and then looked up, her crotch a foot-and-half away from my face.
We got off at the same stop. She didn’t look at me and I didn’t get the satisfaction of her seeing me but not being able to place the face.
[Drawing by Adrian Tomine]