Dear So and So – Train Travel

April 14, 2015

It’s funny how you can have both good and bad experiences whilst travelling on a train, this was out train travel experience last Thursday…

Dear Snooty ladies

As you walked down the carriage I got the sense that you were not happy with your allocated reserved seats. You sat down to the side of us but one row back which meant I was able to hear your mutterings. Mind you so were all the other passengers in our half of the carriage. Listening to you to moan and grumble about be allocated to the children’s carriage of the train. ‘We are going to have to listen to them all the way to London‘ I heard you say to each other. Thankfully you thought better of staying in your seats and within a few minutes of sitting there, you opted to go and find somewhere else to sit.

Thank you for moving, on behalf of myself, my children and all the other families who were treating their children to a day in London over the Easter break. I’m not quite sure I would have been able to bite my tongue for two hours before saying something to you both.

Love from the mum with the two children (who were busy colouring at the time)

London Underground Sign

Dear Pretty blonde on the tube

I want to say thank you for looking up from your Kindle as Tigger knocked on the glass panel between you. I want to thank you for smiling at him and waving (he has a thing for blondes). I want to thank you for repeating these same actions time and time again without once looking like he was bothering you. You made a little boy very happy and chatted about you on the way home.

Love from the mum of the cute boy on the tube

Dear Singing man on the tube

Thank you for brightening up what was just an ordinary journey on the tube. You weren’t singing loudly so to attract an audience, you didn’t even have your headphones so you weren’t caught up in the song playing in your ears. You were simply lost in the moment, singing softy to yourself and not noticing where you were at the time. I hope that my children grow up to feel comfortable enough to dance, sing or whatever when the mood strikes them.

Love from the lady you cheered up on the tube

Dear Seat reservation lady

After rushing to catch our booked train home, literally running down the platform I wasn’t impressed to find you sitting in our reserved seats. I politely asked if you could move to another seat as we had reserved these seats and showed you our reservation ticket. A simple nod of your head, a polite smile would have been great not the huffing and puffing I was greeted with as you finally conceded and moved.

Love from the mum who always reserves seats so they can sit down on the two hours journey home

  • Kim Carberry April 14, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    There is always such a mixture of people traveling some nice and some not so nice….
    Sounds like you had a good journey x

  • otilia April 14, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Oh you described the journeys into and out of london perfectly. London people are so colourful so when you get the chance to catch someone that puts a smile on your face its a big thing

  • Michelle Twin Mum April 14, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Brilliant such a great post Sarah. I hope you all had a wonderful tie in London, the blond lady on the tube sounds wonderful Mich x

  • Lauren April 14, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    I really loved reading this post. The blonde lady sounds lovely, I love it when people make an effort to play along with my children too.
    And the guy singing would make me smile too x

  • Zoe Corkhill (Mama Geek) April 14, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    I love these! My favourite is the pretty blonde – a simple act of kindness that made a small person very happy. There should be more people like that in the world – I’m sure it would be a happier place then.

  • Emma April 14, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Really reminded me of my commuting days, and how train travel can bring out the very best AND the very worst in people! 😀

  • Liz Burton April 14, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    As someone who worked for 10 years for the railway, and commuted all that time I’m sad to say this isn’t surprising to me. Train travellers can often be rude and ignorant while tube passengers, contrary to all the stereotypes about Londoners often surprise me with their spontaneous acts of kindness.

    Great post!

  • Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer April 14, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I love this letter idea – it gets so much off your chest at once – so it’s especially good for your mixed bunch. So pleased some people retain some humanity!

  • Cass April 14, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I hate when people are grumpy about moving when they are clearly in your seats. They should reserve their own if it’s that important to them!

  • Sabina April 14, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    Oh i should join in with this one, particularly for train journeys as I always tend to have eventful journeys when travelling with the children. Some people are so dismissive of children and it’s not fair. I think they forget they were children once too.

  • angela April 14, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Great post! I was on the train today and as I sat down with my boys on some empty seats,and man who was just about to sit near by his and puffed, shook his head and moved to another carriage. Yet on the way back home, a man.played peek a book with my youngest.

  • Mammasaurus April 14, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I ALWAYS end up next to some old dear who wants to talk to me about her children – always! Not that I mind, refreshing to find strangers who want to talk!

  • Becky April 15, 2015 at 6:59 am

    whole spectrum of life on just one journey

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