Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Not mean, just too buried in ebooks & iPods to notice

"Good grief," quoth the older woman standing in the subway with a cane slung over her elbow. A woman with a child in her arms was standing right in front of her. Why hadn't anyone given her a seat?

The older woman pulled the earbuds out of her ears, turned to the woman standing with an armful of child, and said, "You may be proud, but I ain't." Then she tapped the seated man in front of her on the shoulder and said, "Could you please give this woman a seat?" The man stood up immediately, and Ms. Cane-Enabled told the woman carrying the child to take the just-vacated seat.

People are so wrapped up in their electronic devices that they don't even notice when a person needs help anymore. :( But they do help once they realize that help is needed.

[Cross-posted on Kindness Happens.]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not a guy. I've gotten up to give me seat to a woman (pregnant, older, just a woman), held a door, and been screamed and and yelled at for it. It's a small number of women that react very negatively to chivalrous behavior, but it certain discourages it.

Tue Oct 16, 01:02:00 PM 2012  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

That's a shame, and it's just plain dumb. Why yell at someone who's just trying to be considerate? I'm sorry to hear that you and other guys have had such experiences.

I trained our son to get up and give a seat to anyone, male or female, who's holding a child. I think that's just the right thing to do. Come to think of it, there's an ad in the New York City subways and buses saying that those who give seats to the elderly and/or disabled are "standing up for what's right. Courtesy is contagious." My sentiment precisely.

Tue Oct 16, 01:19:00 PM 2012  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

For the record, a guy standing behind the older woman said "thank you" to her for helping the mom.

Tue Oct 16, 01:24:00 PM 2012  

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