Friday, 14 October 2016
Following an old man smoking on the platform #BritishDadStuff
You know that you are a Great British Dad...
...when you're shocked at how great nostalgia feels to smell again.
It was so wrong.
This old man got off the train at Waterloo, pulled out a packet, and sparked up a cigarette.
It's been years since I've seen someone do that - smoke in a station, properly, strolling along without a care.
It feels like a decade.
I wish I'd taken a photo, like that massive craving we get to reach for the phone every time we see something different ... but he looked so jolly and carefree I didn't want to cramp his smoke.
And sure, it spreads cancer, but I think the shock was more the pure nostalgia of it.
I think that's why noone rushed to stop him.
It was like seeing a steam train.
And that smell. The smell of a dozen girlfriends... and dozens more wannabes.
I should probably stop following him now.
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