"I Saw Something Truly Disturbing On Dublin Bus This Morning... And I Can't Stop Thinking About It"
Is there no such thing as human decency any more?
When it comes to our daily routine, we tend to take things for granted.
We may bitch when our morning bus is a no-show or give a death stare to that person who refuses to observe basic rules of personal space on the LUAS but by and large, those little irritants don't make a lasting impression on our day.
However, I came across something this morning that is still bothering me twelve hours later.
For context, I got knee surgery six weeks ago and it's been a major wake-up call when it comes to bus culture.
It's extremely uncomfortable to stand on a bus that jerks forward suddenly and is crowded with people so I continuously find myself looking for people that may be getting off the bus soon and figuring out a way to get to their seat before the other humans.
Now, I've never been pregnant but I can only imagine how uncomfortable it is to carry a little human inside you.
It may be a beautiful cycle of life but I'm pretty sure that getting on a crowded, sweaty Dublin Bus is not a desirable part of the pregnancy plan.
As I was late today, I got on the first bus that came my way and I settled for a space beside one of the yellow bars.
As I gripped on to it to secure my position, I noticed a pregnant woman right beside me. I reckon she was about seven months gone so there was no mistaking that there was a baby on board.
I presumed someone would get up to give her a seat but after two stops, I realised no one was getting up for her.
I smiled at her and she smiled back. She looked exhausted.
This really shocked me as when I was younger, I was taught to vacate my seat for anyone who was my senior. Yet here I was, on a bus full of students and office workers alike and not one single person got up for this lady.
Thankfully, after 10 stops, a few students got off the bus and the lady beside me went straight upstairs and took a seat.
She was so quick to move once she saw there was a free seat, which is a fair indication of the amount of discomfort she was in.
Halfway through my journey, a lady got on with a child.
Three or four people moved to allow her sit and the young child stood beside her. This seemed very odd to me.
Why were people so quick to move for a mother with a child but nobody budged for a mother carrying a baby? I don't really see the difference.
Here's the question - would you get up for a pregnant woman on a bus? Should people be forced to get up to allow a pregnant woman sit down?
Or more worringly, are we all so self-obsessed that we don't even care any more?