All of those faces you pass on your walk to work, all of those folks on the T with headphones in their ears, the nameless, the blurred faces, the stranger.
What if a day is nothing more than a chance to say hello and see what happens? What if a day is nothing but a gift to hear the story behind the headphones, to see the person behind the stranger?
Armed with a pot of coffee and a plate of donuts, we took the city up on its offer of a parking spot on Mass Ave. as a chance to say hello to our neighbors. Some hellos became conversations, and some strangers became people with a story: a dad who is so proud of his daughter with a full-time job, a librarian who believes that reading out loud can change lives, a cyclist who builds signs to point people to beautiful places, an investment banker who wants to save the Arctic.
Who knew these stories dwelt inside strangers? We had no idea, until we said hello.
VCO was one of 60 groups to participate in Cambridge PARK(ing) Day, a chance for local businesses and organizations to transform a parking spot into a way to connect with the community.