5 Things I've Learnt From Pushing A Pushchair08:38
Before actually using a pushchair I thought that people would part like the red sea before me as I strolled along with my beautiful Stokke Scoot. I imagined that I would still be able to get around at normal speed, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Instead I found that I get path rage more often than not, and getting anywhere takes about 10 times longer than it used to!
1. Slow walkers are more annoying. It's so much harder to overtake a slow walker when you have a pushchair as most paths just aren't wide enough. They always strike when I am in a rush, and I am stuck behind them for what feels like a lifetime. I wish I was brave enough to ask if I could overtake them but instead I just pretend that I am going at the same pace as them anyway.
2. Pushchairs double up as weapons. I found this out pretty sharpish when I realised that although a pushchair may be big, to some people they are invisible. I'm not afraid to admit that sometimes when people ignore than I am there I just keep walking until they move, potentially meaning that they get a bit bashed.
3. So many people take the lift (who don't need to). Before I moan, I do want to point out that I know a lot of people have disabilities which can't be seen, and people have phobias of escalators and so on. But even so, I'm pretty sure that a lot of people use lifts when there are stairs because they are just too lazy. It means that I have to wait for ages as the super slow lift goes up and down again.
4. I have become extra polite. I like to think that in general I am quite polite, but even after people have taken a really long time to get out of my way I do that classic British thing where I apologise and thank them profusely. Out loud I say "Thank you so much, I'm so sorry, please excuse me" but in my head I'm screaming. I'm positive that "sorry" is my most used word when I'm out with the pushchair.
5. We don't consider pushchairs/wheelchairs/wide loads in our society. We park on the kerb where it's convenient for us, ignoring the fact that we're blocking half the path. We put lamp posts in places that mean you have to go on to the road to get around them. We put steps where there could be a slope that is more easily accessible to all. We have an underground system in London where only a handful of stations have lifts. Zach will only be in a pushchair for a few years, but there are people in wheelchairs (and similar) who will have to deal with this every day for so much longer. We need to sort it out.
What did you learn from pushing a pushchair?