What is happening to mankind?
Are we all becoming more and more self absorbed or more angry or more....just.....bloody arrogant? So much so that simple day to day things should be met with a roll of the eyes or a sigh?
I totally get why women with pushchairs barge by now. Pre baby I was always like:
'Why do these bloody women with pushchairs barge about like they own the place?'
I will tell you why people - BECAUSE OF EVERYONE ELSE.
People are arseholes.
Ok, not all people.
But pretty much most people.
The last couple of shopping trips I have gone on have been both pre Christmas and post Christmas (give or take a week either side of Christmas if you will). On both said occasions I got there first thing and it was not busy at all, even in the run up to the big man in red visiting. I could leisurely pace along the shopping mall and there were no queues at tills. HEAVEN. So when I found myself unable to get through a generously wide aisle in Debenhams because a couple were browsing and obliviously taking up the whole thing I didn't expect it to be a problem when I politely said:
'Excuse me please, can I just get through?'
I had to replay it in my head afterwards and reassure myself that I hadn't actually, accidentally just told them I wanted to kill their goldfish because the blunt response I got was a tut from him and roll of the eyes from her.
I am so sorry, I did not realise that you owned the aisle. I didn't realise that my very walking on your land means I should be licking your boots clean on my way through. I did not realise that my asking you to step forward just one step is such a drudge of a task that I have now just ruined your day and your lives. FOREVER.
It doesn't stop there though; people dash to get around me, popping up suddenly from behind and are then annoyed when I haven't seen them and nearly hit them. People don't open doors for you or worse yet, watch you struggle to open doors with the buggy. People stop in front of you, get hit and then look at you like it is your fault. What happened to manners?
I am not saying everyone must make allowances for me having a pushchair but I, as the pusher of the pushchair, am very aware of the fact that it is a bulky contraption that sometimes gets in the way or sometimes is awkward to get into places or through spaces or whatever. I ALWAYS allow for these facts. I am always aware of people around me and make allowances for them so I want people to do the same for me. Is that too much to ask? I am not one of those pushchair pushers who use them as battering rams and think that they do now have the right of way in the street over everyone else (you know who you are!) so I do not wish to be treated as such.