Friday Rant – Actually, it’s not a rant for once. Read on…

Welcome to my Friday Rant from the Soap Box in my Living Room. A small space in the week where I can have a chunter about things that have made me twitch with annoyance or made me question if the world has gone mad or not….
I also linked up with MummyBarrow for her Ranty Friday. You can find her blog and link up if you’d like to join in. A good rant can be therapeutic. Click on the link at the end to join in!

friday rant

I normally post a ranty post, on Friday’s, on something that has got my goat, and made me cross or question if the world has gone mad, and I usually have plenty of fodder for these posts.

Today, it’s a mini rant, but mostly praise.

I travel on the bus, to work, three days a week, with Small Boy in tow, to get him to his Lovely Child-minder’s then I head into Kingston to work.

Yesterday, I think because the weather was so appalling, the bus was more busy than usual. We got on, and I managed to squeeze our pushchair into a corner and tucked myself out of the way. About three stops later, a very pregnant woman got on the bus, with an elderly lady, who looked quite frail. When I say that literally, everyone on the bus averted their eyes and pretended not to see that these two ladies needed a seat far more than the vast percentage of those sitting down, I would not be exaggerating, and I started to feel cross. I was already standing, so could not give up a seat.

However, I am delighted to say, that two lads, from one of the local schools, here in Kingston, leapt up from their seats, helped the old lady sit down, and offered the seat to the pregnant lady as well. I think it’s pretty sad that all the adults, made no effort,  but was really pleased to see that these boys are at least being taught manners and consideration for others, at home, and at school, and did the right thing. Not only that, but when I was struggling, with the pushchair, to get off the bus, which was still very busy, with a slippery floor, onto the pavement, when the bus driver had parked too far away from the pavement, they both leapt up, and helped me lift the pushchair off and out. I did thank them profusely, and praised them for their manners, I felt a bit like my mother, and I think they were a bit embarrassed, but I felt I needed to say something. Kids these days do get a lot of bad press, for their behaviour, and I wanted to make sure they knew their manners were appreciated by at least one member of the public.

I also mailed their school, simply because I felt that to share something positive, and to be able to share some positive praise, was a nice thing to do. They do know I am blogging about it, too. I have not shared the school’s name,  but I did want to blog about it, as it really made my day yesterday.
Pity the rest of the bus passengers weren’t setting such a good example, but it gives me hope to see such lovely behaviour from the kids in my local area.

So, that’s my little Firday rant for today. 

Posted in Friday's Rants from The Soap Box and tagged kids, manners, public transport, school.


  1. Thank you for taking the time to email the school. As a school governor it is so heartening to receive praise for some of the children rather than complaints – I hope those boys walked a little taller knowing that they had behaved so well.

  2. Popping over from Pocolo, it’s nice to know that some young people are doing the right thing and helping others 🙂 well done them!

  3. How very kind of them to give up their seats and assist you with the pushchair, lets hope that the other passengers took note of their kindness and felt bad for not doing the same thing. I found myself in a similar position when I did a car boot sale last weekend, my clothes rack blew over and two teenage boys came over to my aid and help hang up all the clothes too, bless them.

  4. Shame on all the adults on that bus but it does give you faith in human nature when you see such an act of kindness from the boys. Lovely of you to email the school I’m sure it made a nice change for them to get something so positive!

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