Let me tell you a little story! As you may know I rollerblade around public transportation on crutches and one leg.
What you may not know is that 9/10 times I jump on a subway that’s crowded or a bus that is crowded, everyone looks dumbfounded as to what to do if they should give up their seat or not. I could give a shit to be honest because I don’t mind standing and I will never ever demand a seat. Just not my style.
After covering Camp CUNY wheelchair basketball’s two day camp (Day One: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/50838771; Day 2: https://www.spreaker.com/episode/50846661) , I got on my local Q25 bus back up the hill to home from Queens College.
It was crowded and of course I was standing. Eventually an elderly woman got up for me as one family of three did not. I would never criticize a mother of two for keeping an eye on her kids as was the case here. Unfortunately, a woman in a walker across the aisle got into A SCREAMING match about not noticing me. This mother of two impressively defended herself and went toe to toe in the argument that she was focused on her two daughters .
I rolled into this scenario not wanting any animosity between these two. The arguing over my very existence on the bus felt hilariously embarrassing. I also didn’t have the wherewithal to tell the aggressor that all was ok, but I loudly said ‘God Bless You’ to the mother with two kids. I hoped that left the energy of the bus better when I rolled out.
As I said at the top, I find myself in situations where people just freeze up as if it is that show , ‘What Would You Do!’ In my view, just approach me and ask if I want a seat that makes it less awkward for everyone and you might even get to know my story if you’d like!
I’ll be sure to write you next time and in the meantime, please welcome the new tagline for my podcast , ‘One Leg Up with Alex Garrett ‘ (https://www.spreaker.com/episode/50934332)