It’s funny how things can be so different in the space of just a few short minutes. Today I travelled down to London for a child-free day at my first Blog Camp. I met up with Katie from Mummy Daddy and Me Makes Three to compare bumps and have a bit of company for the journey. We both commented on how annoying it can be when on public transport and people who can clearly see that you are pregnant avoid all eye contact so as to avoid offering you their seat. As Katie and I went in different directions this evening I didn’t expect to have two totally different experiences on the subject.
The first tube that I boarded alone had one spare seat in the carriage and it just so happened that it was the priority seat (to be reserved for elderly, disabled and pregnant/babes in arms). I arrived at the seat at the same time as another woman who clearly did not fit into any of the above criteria, I smiled and then proceeded to sit down. As I did so the woman muttered obscenities under her breath at me and have me the filthiest look ever. I smiled again and pointed first to my bump and then to the sign behind my head to which she responded with a haughty “humph”. I laughed!
On the next tube, I knew that I was only going to be on for 2 stops so I opted to ‘lean’ at the end of the carriage. A woman spotted me and offered me the seat she had just taken but the man in front of me assumed she was speaking to him and even though he was younger than the woman took her seat. She then began telling him off, saying that she wasn’t speaking to him and pointed to me with my bump. He looked embarrassed and asked if I wanted to sit down (by which time we had already travelled one stop). I politely declined and said thank you to both him and the lady, but he didn’t offer the seat back to the lady, he kept it for himself which she didn’t take kindly to. A couple who were stood near me, then smiled (clearly not from London – one must not make eye contact on the tube!) and the gentleman turned to me and said “well I am offended that nobody offered me their seat” to which I replied that his tummy wasn’t big enough. He laughed and the couple began asking me how far gone I was and was this my first. When I replied that it was in fact my third, the gentleman laughed thinking I was joking. I confirmed that I wasn’t and he said “but you can only be 24?” to which I wanted to kiss him!!
Fifteen minutes later once I had decided upon a train time at Kings Cross I decided to grab myself a hot chocolate at Pret-a-Manger. I placed my order and the gentlemen said to me “you are the fourth pregnant lady in 20minutes to order a hot chocolate” and I laughed and said something about the babies having a sweet tooth. He also asked if this was my first and again I said “no my third actually” and he too said “no way, you don’t look old enough”. I smiled and thanked him for the compliment then he handed me my hot chocolate and said it was on the house because I was such a lovely pregnant lady.
And so the moral of my tale is for every grumpy person out there who bring down your day, there are another two really lovely ones to really put a s,I’ll on your face 🙂