Baby Gap

gap.jpgSo I just saw a child fall in the gap between the train and the platform. The nanny and a stranger caught the kid before she slipped down, but it was scary still.

The little girl is about 3 or 4 years old. She fell up to her waist. The nanny had one arm already, and some other lady grabbed her other arm.

Had the nanny lost her grip, the kid would have easily fell straight through.

Folks, first of all, children and rush hour don’t mix. Keep the kids at home or in school where they belong.

If you are going to be a moron, hold your child while entering and exiting the train. Leave the dumpster-sized stroller at home. Don’t let the kid walk onto the train by themselves as this child did. You are the adult, the kid works for you.

Live from the subway, back to you in studio…

9 thoughts on “Baby Gap

  1. There have been times when I’ve almost dropped my keys in that space. I have a bad habit of juggling my keys on the platform while waiting for the train to arrive, and I’ve dropped them a few times – luckily I wear a belt chain, so the keys didn’t hit the tracks.

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  2. What is it with you and kids all the time?

    There’s a smart way and a dumb way to take kids on the subway, just like there’s a smart way and a dumb way to do everything else in life. But if you’re waiting for me to treat my daughter like a second-class citizen just to improve the feng shui of your commute, don’t hold your breath.

    I’m fortunate — our route to daycare and back again is a 10-minute walk, so I don’t have to take my daughter on public transit every day. Her subway trips are usually weekend affairs. But other people have no choice but to commute with kids on the train. And yes, they have to do it during rush hour. That’s how daycare works. And at certain ages, kids have to be in strollers.

    When we get rid of people who won’t move away from the door when they board, people who stand in the way of riders exiting the car, people who unfold a whole NY Times in my face, people whose “personal” iPods can be clearly heard 10 feet away, people who have loud profane conversations as if they were in their own living rooms, people who get to the top or bottom of a staircase and then stop in their tracks to ponder their next move, and men who won’t let ladies sit down, then maybe we can talk about the working mom who just carried 30 pounds of kid, stroller and bag down several flights of steps and is doing the best she can to keep the stroller out of people’s way.

    Until then, get over yourself. You used to be someone’s annoying little kid too.

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  3. YES….I love these comments. Here we go:

    JIM: Until then, get over yourself. You used to be someone’s annoying little kid too.

    SB: Yes, but my parents avoided having me in the way of other adults.

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    JIM: There’s a smart way and a dumb way to take kids on the subway, just like there’s a smart way and a dumb way…

    SB: Exactly. It’s not the kids I have the problem with. It IS dumb parents.
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    JIM: But if you’re waiting for me to treat my daughter like a second-class citizen just to improve the feng shui of your commute, don’t hold your breath.

    SB: Well, second class would be prefered, but if you cant pull that off… It isnt so much my feng shui as much as the fact that your Cadillac sized stroller is taking up the space of 5 riders. Or that your kid thinks they can lay on my lap. Or that your kid thinks it is a game to step on people’s feet. Why does your kid think this? Because the kids mom is a moron and doesn’t teach them how to behave.

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    JIM: iPods heard 10 feet away…NY Times open wide, loud convos…

    SB: Agreed. And we go after them all the time. So there..ha.

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    JIM: …men who won’t let ladies sit down

    SB: Don’t you love how equality doesn’t apply when it comes to things like this? Equal opportunity in the work place, but you better give up that seat. Get a grip.

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    JIM: …mom who just carried 30 pounds of kid, stroller and bag down several flights of steps.

    SB: That’s her fault. How about one of those neat baby carriers that strap on your chest? Those are cool, and they take up hardly any space. Plus, there’s nothing extra to carry.

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    JIM: …people who get to the top or bottom of a staircase and then stop in their tracks to ponder their next move…

    SB: WOW…these people are a pain. Agreed.

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    Ok so bottom line… the kids are YOUR kids. Not everyone else’s. Keep them to yourself. Use your head.

    PS – SUBWAYblogger is cool with your stoller being on the train if you PAY for it. SUBWAYblogger strongly disagrees with allowing children in stollers on the train for free. That’s 2-3 more PAYING riders that could fit if your stroller weren’t in the way during rush hour.

    Also, 1 Free Kid to 1 Adult. The people with 8 kids running underneath the turnstile for free and only one adult with them…that’s insane.

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  4. Hey SB,

    I kinda enjoy this too, and I hope you join me in considering this disagreement a friendly one, even if we’ve both blown off a little steam in the process. You and I agree on so much about subways and the way people use them, and I read your blog all the time. If we knew each other and were closer, this argument would be like the end of Rocky III. So ding, ding.

    It’s just that the issue of kids seems to blow a fuse with you. It takes you so far beyond your normal pattern of reason. You didn’t come out against inconsiderate parents on the subways; you just came out against parents on the subways. You didn’t criticize ill-behaved kids; you criticized kids (“second class would be preferred” – WTF?). That’s just wrong.

    What do you want a parent to do with a kid who has to get to school or daycare at 8:30 in the morning? A minivan would be comfy for everyone, but your colleagues over at http://www.streetsblog.com would have something to say about that. Or do you just want a curfew?

    I do find one of your points compelling – the free ride. If the MTA came out tomorrow and said any kid too big to sit in your lap has to pay a fare, I wouldn’t complain at all. There’s only so much floor space in a subway car. Fair’s fair.

    But I’ve got a kid who is too big to carry safely (think about sudden stops). I never take her on the train unless I absolutely have to. I’ve got the smallest, lightest stroller that will hold her, and I don’t hang a bunch of crap off it. I did use a chest-mounted baby carrier, then a hip-slung one, until she got too big for either. And it will be at least a year until she can just walk around independently. That’s simply how kids work. When she gets big enough to sit next to me, she will never be allowed to kick other riders, lay down across them etc.

    If you accept that there’s a distinction between my behavior and what some other people do – and we’ve already agreed there are plenty of louts underground, with and without kids – what more do you want from me?

    They do have communities built around the soothing absence of children. You could move to one, then launch GolfCartBlogger.com.

    Smooches,
    Jim

    PS on the ladies and seats thing – equality absolutely does apply. I have as much right to the seat as the woman next to me. But I don’t fight her for it because I’m a nice guy. Isn’t there more room for that in life? Don’t you think a lot of our problems would go away if we saved defiant stands about our rights for the moments that really mattered, like free speech and not having your phones wiretapped?

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  5. Unfortunately Jim, I don’t think most parents are as responsible as you. It seems like most just let their kids do what ever the hell they want. They dont seem to have much respect for other people on the train.

    As for the second class citizen comment, I guess the sarcasm didnt translate.

    GolfCartBlogger.com…..now THAT’s an idea!

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  6. wow! that is scary. And by the looks of it there is a huge gap between the platform and the subway train! gaps are not that big in the subways in toronto……. thank goodness the kid is ok.

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  7. i just saw it this morning.
    the kid fell right thought, mom did not even know. everyone got on the train already.
    mom just realized what had happen by the time i pull the kid up. hopefully she did not get hurt.

    she(mom) should never let the kid that small walk and get on a train behind her.

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