Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kindness is...

As a student N years ago, I noticed this phenomenon that I could not explain, and drew this observation.

Isn't it magical? An expectant mum can make everyone fall asleep on the train!

N years later, when I become a expectant mother, I had many opportunities to experience this!

I recalled an incident when I was pregnant with Hao Hao and was carrying Pei Pei in my arm on a bus. My tummy was big enough for Pei Pei to sit on. No one gave up their seat, until I shouted, "I am pregnant and am carrying a child, anyone can let me have the seat??"


However, I had received kindness by nice people who gave up seat to me then. But again, I observed another interesting phenomenon, people who gave me seat to me were mostly the elderly!!

Recently, I brought Pei Pei and Hao Hao out to town by MRT. Usually I drive if I have to bring both of them out, but considering the difficulty to find a carpark slot in town on a weekend lunch time, I dropped the idea of driving.

On a crowded train, a nice gentleman in his 50s (I think) gave up his seat to Pei Pei and Hao Hao, so they shared one seat.

A young lady from a few metres kept looking at us. 

A few minutes later, someone sitting a few seats away reached the destination and stood up. With the speed of light, that "keep-looking-at-us" young lady grabbed the seat.

I don't expect people to give up seat for us, but I just find it funny that lady behaved as if she was afraid that we would fight with her for a seat.

On our way home, another crowded train, an old gentleman looked at us, and said "坐吧" (Take a seat) and let his seat to us.

I immediately responded, "No, uncle, you sit!" But he walked away, signalling us to take the seat.

I noticed some youngsters sitting nearby. I really wonder what are their thoughts about this. Or they were busy burying themselves into their handphones and gadgets that they had no awareness of what happened around them at all.

Later on, we managed to have a seat of each of us. Pei Pei pointed at the sign "Reserved Seat" and asked me what the sign mean.

After a while, an elderly boarded the train. Without hesitation, I gave up my seat to him. Role modelling speaks louder than words.

A little kindness goes a long way. I just hope that Pei Pei and Hao Hao would grow up to be kind and show courtesy to other people.

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