Some things never change, and the same goes with strollers on the transit system! I write these posts with a little giggle but also with a whole lot of truth. The first thing I must say is that sometimes I really think that people believe that those of us who must take the transit system with our strollers enjoy doing it. Well that is not the case for me anyway. As much as it is inconvenient for some of the other riders, multiply that by 1000 and that is how I feel. I try and us my carrier as much as possible but when you have a child and now in my case 2, sometimes you need a place to put things and having a stroller is the way to go sometimes.
As I was running out the door yesterday with my beautiful baby boy and the bigger stroller (because newborns can not go in a small umbrella stroller for those if you who wonder why we have big strollers sometimes), I had good intentions of walking to get the subway but ended up running late (as this now tends to happen in the mornings..lol). So as much as I prefer not to I had to hop on the street car. This time i’m not writing about how unhelpful people are like in Strollers and the TTC (part 1 ), this time I am writing because I am amazed at the attitude people have sometimes As I haul my stroller up the street car steps searching for my pass and trying to move out of the way as much as I can I accidentally bump a woman’s foot and of course immediately apologize as I didn’t mean to, she follows that with a very aggressive F**K. As I am already frustrated having to take the street car and feeling like the circus act at the front of the car as everyone seems to think you are from outter space when you get on there with a stroller….I react in a similar manner by telling to to relax as I said I was sorry (as if I meant to bang her foot ) She then takes it one step further and pushes my stroller….WOW, what is wrong with people….and DO NOT TOUCH MY STOLLER!!!!
The point of this post is that I just wish that the people out there who have such a problem with parents bringing out strollers into the world could put themselves in our shoes for a moment before making us feel like we are intruding on their space. Me and my children have just as much right as everyone else to get around the city, and as a self employed busy mom I don’t always have the extra hour it takes to walk rather than taking the transit. And if you have children you will know that a 2 year old dosen’t always want to sit in a stroller so with one walking and one in a stroller it is even harder. So rather than giving a dirty look or as this very unhappy woman did, swearing at us maybe just offer a small smile or nothing at all. And for the record, I (and many other parents I speak to) do not enjoy having to take transit with children, or strollers as it is not a fun adventure so realize this and please remember that until you have experienced what someone else is going through it is really unfair to pass judgment on them let alone make them fell as if they are doing something wrong
Remember mommies, we are all in the same boat so lets stick together (a whole other post..lol)