I had to go to downtown Vancouver today to see a specialist and it went way overtime. I was unsure of the area or the bus schedules (had only checked on how to get there not on how to return) and so got on a wrong bus, and wrong getting off spot on the way to the Granville train station. Getting to the point, the 20 minute bus ride back to downtown and the hour spent on the train back to Surrey was spent standing up. Now you can say well lots of people were probably standing up as it was rush hour and they were as it was standing room only but what bothered me were the amounts of males were sitting while older women and disabled people were left standing.
I can walk for miles at a time but to stand in one spot for more then 10 minutes or so sends spasms down my legs. It really upset me that not once in that hour and 20 minutes did any male get up to offer the seat to any female not even the older men!! What’s up with that?? Has chivalry died when I wasn’t looking? Have the demands from women in the real world for equality changed the way males treat women?
Do parents no longer teach their children common respect for their elders regardless of being male or female? Is it no longer acceptable to help others or to treat others the way you would want to be treated? When my husband picked me up at the train station he had to lift my legs into our vehicle as I couln’t lift them from the pain and spasms and he was very angry that I had not asked for a seat. He said I should have gone to the bus driver and shown him my disability card that states I need a disabled seat and I said and what happens when I get on the train when there isn’t a bus driver he said I should have just asked someone for their seat. But I didn’t.
I sure would like to know if manners and common deceny and chivalry died when I had my nose buried in a book reading.