By the storytellers of St. Teresa's
The man is smoking a pipe: George.
There's a man having his shoe shined, by Tommy.
It looks like they're in a shopping or train station.
It's very wintery looking because they've all got their coats on. Everybody is dressed for winter.
They're not naked! They're workin' very hard at what they're doin'.
George is waiting for the train. He's traveling to his new job. He's a salesperson.
He sells pipes. He smokes 'em enough!
Maybe tobacco as well.
Looks like one of 'em is the boss.
George looks like a guy who gets his shoes shined often and knows a guy who would do a good job.
He's having his shoes shined before lunch.
He's meeting a client at a restaurant at lunch.
It looks like the shoeshine boy could be a little crippled. He could've been born with it and he got run over by a train. Bad luck!
We hear people goin' by, announcements, announcements of the train that's coming.
It definitely looks like winter, and it looks like they're in a hurry - yeah, because they want to get in out of the cold!
There may have been snow because they all have winter coats on.
It's Grand Central Station.
There's a little rack that was probably owned by Tommy - maybe he was selling papers.
Before they got here, did they have an accident?
They missed the train, they're waiting for the next train.
They dream of being in a nice cozy restaurant having a nice lunch, retirement, and Florida.
I think they probably do have families.
George - I think he has adult children, probably four. Two are twins, two boys and two girls.
He has a wife Elizabeth.
One is Tom named after his father - he does not smoke a pipe.
The girls are married, they go to college: one's a teacher.
Tom has grandchildren.
His family thinks he needs to retire - it's probably 25 years he's been working.
The shoeshine boy lives alone or maybe with his mother; he's on welfare; he needs all the help he can get.
George missed the train and he decided to take a job somewhere else.
He was in luck! There was one available that was close by that paid well.
So, as they say in Ireland, he was on the pig's back.