Thursday, September 08, 2011
This is completely off topic, but I'm thinking that a healthy mind contributes to a healthy body. So maybe it's relevant. Or maybe I just really want to vent.
Scene 1- My husband, boys (ages 5 and 7) and I went on a train excursion over Labor Day Weekend. The train stops halfway so we can get lunch in a nearby town. There are many stairs to climb, and a platform at the top where people watch the train on the turntable. My older son and I hurried up to get a spot, as it quickly fills up (i.e., many rows of people, so it's ideal to be at the front.)
There was a woman already on the platform. I stood next to her. My son , who I was watching, was looking out for my husband and accidentally brushed the woman with his arm. Like lightly- I was watching. She turned around and said "he's touching me." I saw this happen, and told my son to stay on the other side of me so that he would not be near herr. Then I stood right next to her.
Scene 2- my husband and younger son join us on the now very crowded platform. Woman's husband comes up behind his wife. Woman says to her husband, very loudly: "there might have been room for you here if these kids had not been pushing me." Me: "excuse me ma'am, he was not pushing you, he might have brushed against you." Her: "how would you like it if I touched your kids?" Then she advanced towards them in an angry manner (they were sitting down in front of me)
Scene 3- my husband goes ballistic. Him: "don't you dare touch my kids!" Then my husband and the woman's husband get into it. I say nothing. Woman proceeds to call me a tramp (really??) and my kids "brats". My boys are just sitting in front of me, watching the train. Woman and husband continue to call us "trash" and all sorts of horrible things. I continue to watch the train and say nothing, but breathe deeply. She starts pushing against me with her arm, but I ignore it.
Scene 4- Woman says "let's go". Then proceeds to STEP ON my younger son's fingers as she walks away!!! I was so shocked, all I could do was grab my son's hand.
In retrospect... I just should have walked away. Such hatred and negativity. I am trying to see their point of view, but in all honesty, I saw nothing but bitterness.