Recently I was riding the bus near campus when it was particularly crowded. College students were packed on like sardines, and I was standing in the aisle with many of them.
I clung to the overhead strap for dear life as we wobbled around each corner. I wobbled along with the bus—my pregnancy hormones and new center of gravity have aggravated my already poor balance.
I couldn't help casting a dark glance at the students sitting around me. Tall, healthy, energetic-looking undergrads filled all the seats—even the handicapped ones!—while I wobbled and nearly fell over with each turn.
Just as the bus pulled up to my stop, I heard this automated message play over the vehicle's loudspeaker: "Please give up your seat for handicapped passengers, seniors, and expectant mothers."
Oh, the irony. I resisted the urge to stare pointedly at the seated students as I trundled off the bus.
That afternoon, my friend Laura who lives in NYC sent me a text message. "What's your take on public transportation?" she asked. "I just offered my seat to a super pregnant lady and she turned me down—and that's not the first time."
Ohhhh boy, did I have thoughts on that.
"I would accept it!" I said. "I actually feel a little annoyed if there aren't any empty seats and no one offers me theirs," I added, remembering my experience that morning.
Then I had to admit, "Mayyyybe that's not the right reaction either."
Anyway, the whole exchange got me really intrigued about whether other pregnant women are as eager to accept a seat as I am. Maybe other pregnant ladies have better balance than I do? Or maybe they have more energy? I'm curious to know what your experiences have been with this!
**Update: I want to add a story from this morning—two different students offered me a seat on the bus! I gratefully accepted the closer one, and now I feel bad for giving them a bad rap. Some of them are really gracious, it seems!