I spend a lot of time on public transport. Mainly I have days like today; where some 14 year old child who weighed as much as a baby elephant has
probably broken my toe and caused me to get off 3 stops early and get a bus that took an hour to do what the train would have done in less than 5
minutes, meaning I didn't get home til after 7pm when I left at 7am and had a 5 hour lab just because him and his mates were too thick to realise that
you can't fit 20 people in a doorway...
But you occasionally see some beautiful things. And that's not just the stuff outside the windows; it's been pretty misty recently and it's pretty
impressive to see that over the fields. There's also some pretty incredible goose-related sights in autumn, I think, and when the foals are born in
spring that warms my heart. But sometimes people manage it too.
Let me put it simply, I'm not a maternal person. Not by a long shot. So a baby/small child has to be incredibly cute to get me to smile and play with
it. Yesterday a woman with a little kid sat opposite me on the train and the kid was fairly cute. A couple of lads got on, younger than I am, with a
staffordshire bull terrier and sat down next to me.
People think staffies aren't very nice dogs (but I would usually disagree as I have a stance that any dog can be dangerous and it depends a lot more
on parental genes and the way it was raised than by breed alone). People also think young lads aren't decent either, especially not ones that can be
classed as "chavs" and especially if those chavs have dogs such as staffies on a chain lead.
But these two were also drawn to the kid because he was smiling away, and the kid was drawn to the dog. Naturally, the kids mam told him not to touch
the dog (because you don't touch strange dogs) when it was next to him, but he went to stroke it anyway, as kids do. The dog wandered off and the kid
looked a little upset and, seeing this, the lad who owned the dog asked him if he wanted to stroke the dog and got up from his seat, walked over and
sat on the floor so the kid could stroke the dog.
The kid was a bit scared and the dog lost interest and wandered off, but he was constantly staring at it so the lad got up again and sat on the floor
and the little lad had a stroke of it and was smiling like this >
This basically ended in everyone having a chat and a joke (which doesn't happen often) and me actually playing games with this little lad which
involved a lot of head shaking and made me quite dizzy.
Of course he went and ruined it by having a tantrum coz his mam didn't want him to stand up on his own incase he fell over and so he started screaming
the place down and reminding me why I really don't actually like kids. The dog
was no bother whatsoever and this is why animals are better,
but, while it lasted, it was just one of those little glimpses you get into life that remind you that people aren't all horrible and the tiniest
things can brighten up your day.
And, quite frankly, I'd like to have at least one of those moments that you just have to smile at
(because you have no other choice in the
matter!) a day because it helps a lot when you've not seen the sun for about a month, you're constantly in the rain and you're getting up at 6am every
morning when you don't sleep properly. I'm nowhere close to optimistic, but I like the feeling it gives you and if I felt like that even a couple of
times per week I think my status as cold hearted ice-queen might start melting my hatred of humanity a little bit.
After today, I don't count on it though
edit on 25/10/2012 by Ayana because: (no reason given)