Warning: Rant Follows
I have a friend who is soon to have a child burst forth from her body. She's pregnant. Really pregnant. Like due in 2 weeks pregnant. (She's not as pregnant as Katie Holmes is in this photo, which BTW, continues to haunt me because it is so unbelievable!) My friend told me today about her encounters on the bus and MAX during rush hour and the buses are thick with people. Actually, she told me this as she was heading out with her backpack on her back and her purse in her hand and her belly out TO HERE.
People aren't getting up for her on the bus. Wait, I should reword that. The young guys who "look like trouble" are getting up for her. And the women. But the businessmen? The suits? "They pretend they don't see me." WTF? You see a pregnant woman and you don't get up and give her your seat? Yesterday a woman with a baby got up to give her a seat and my friend told her it was okay, she had a baby to balance and should keep her seat. The woman insisted, saying she knows what it's like, and of course my friend should sit down. All the while, the man in the suit sitting next to her pretended to not hear this exchange nor see the pregnant belly and mom with baby playing nice over who should sit down. HELLO. THEY SHOULD BOTH SIT DOWN AND YOU MR. BUSY BUSINESS MAN SHOULD GET YOUR ASS UP!
Portland. Portland! How I love thee. But this is a disgrace. Didn't your mothers teach you manners that when a woman with a child, with child, or elderly gets on, you offer your seat?!?!
I'll now go off and tsk tsk tsk to myself while shaking my head.