We have been in Somerset for Christmas, in hind sight not the best idea just before an exam but it was nice to get away.
It is a 3 hour train journey each way and on both days of traveling we had “THE UK STORM”, meaning train chaos. However on both occasions we experienced little/no delay and no overcrowding. The thing about the train journeys that interested me were the other people.
Going there (pre-Christmas) everyone was in good spirits, people smiled at the children and strangers chatted to each other.
The journey home was a different story…..
Tired, grumpy faces.
Couples, post-argument sitting with legs and arms crossed away from each other and the attitude towards children had changed considerably.
Perhaps after a Christmas of being surrounded by nieces and nephews, people without children were sick of them?
I may be biased but my children were incredibly well behaved, they spent the first hour in silence watching the Gruffalo on my laptop, through headphones, I hasten to add.
After that my youngest started to play a game of spiderman and pirates, he was sat in his seat and the volume was no greater than loud talking- no shouting, no screaming.
The youngish woman behind us started tutting and then got out of her seat to ask me if I could tell my son to keep it down.
I have to admit I was shocked and pretty angry, I didn’t know what to say and before I could think of something she was back in her seat.
Not wanting to cause any trouble I let it go, I read my son some stories and told him, loudly, that he couldn’t play because it might upset the woman behind us. Her response was to put headphones in- why didn’t she do that to begin with?!
I also wondered a) why she hadn’t sat in the quiet carriage and b) why she had sat behind a family with young children when there were plenty of other seats available.
Should I have had it out with her or should I have gagged my son?
I understand that children can be annoying, very annoying at times.
I have been annoyed by my own and other peoples children on numerous occasions but this time was different, I was able to revise whilst my son played so I know it can’t have been too noisy.
So, should children be seen and not heard?
Are there certain places where children shouldn’t be? playgrounds and schools = fine. trains especially during rush hour= Don’t go there?