Have you ever noticed that the movements of people boarding and leaving a train resemble the movements of people arriving at or leaving church? If not perhaps your coffee has yet to kick in. The most obvious example is the commuter rail.
People arrive at the train station and then walk down a loading platform to find a place to sit among the bench seats
In church, people arrive at their place of worship and walk down an aisle to find a place to sit among bench seats (pews)
Once seated the rider takes out reading material, closes their eyes or makes small talk with their neighbors.
Once seated the church goer takes out their missal or Bible, closes their eyes or makes small talk with their neighbors.
When the voice from above (announcer) speaks everyone quiets down to listen ( except for a few rambunctious teens)
When the voice from above (pastor/priest) speaks everyone quiets down to listen ( except for a few rambunctious teens)
In both, people tend to mouth their own words
When exiting the train you must wait for the riders from the bench in front of you to leave
When the service is over you wait for the pew in front of you to empty
As you leave the train, you may sneak by the engineer/conductor, say a quick thank you or stop and talk
Ditto with the “man of God”
So what am I trying to say with all this?!
Riding the Boston rails can sometimes make you a religious person as in: Dear God, please don’t let me kill these people or Dear God, please let me get there in one piece).