By Rachel Bradle
Out of all the photos taken today, a picture taken by Katherine Fritcke (one of my group members) really got my attention. You may be thinking it’s just a picture of a presumably homeless man sitting on a street corner in the city. So what? This happens everywhere. However, this man played his trumpet with such soul. He was hard to forget.
People, like this man, are the heart and soul of Washington D.C. Without these people, D.C. would be another busy place with people going about their daily lives, not paying attention to what truly matters in life.
In any city, people get so caught up in their daily lives without ever stopping to enjoy life. Maybe this man was not homeless. Maybe he just loved playing his trumpet and wanted to see if he could make a few dollars by doing so. He certainly got my attention. After running around all day, it was nice to stop for a change and enjoy the simple things in life.
Today was an amazing day, don’t get me wrong. I loved walking around D.C. and seeing what the city had to offer. However, we were often so worried about finding our destinations that we did not always get to stop, take a deep breath, and just enjoy the moment.
Washington D.C. is more than just a place of government, business, and gorgeous architecture. It’s a city which represents a thriving nation, preserving through every obstacle. This man is just one of many people pulling others back to reality and making them remember the little things in life are sometimes the most beautiful. To me, this man’s music and passion held a beauty far beyond any sculpture, building, or street in Washington D.C.
If someone were to ask me what my favorite part of the day was, I would honestly have to say seeing this man play his trumpet. He had such soul and such fire, and he was not afraid to play his music in front of hundreds of people.
For anyone planning on traveling to D.C., definitely visit all the sites the city has to offer but don’t forget what makes this city truly amazing – the people. Take time out of your busy schedule to talk with new people (safely, that is) and listen to the man playing his trumpet. I promise you won’t regret it.