So the other day, I got on the bus, pulled out a Spanish textbook and was concentrating pretty intently (I have to, in order to understand some of this stuff) and didn't really notice that the bus was filling up, until a woman with two little girls came and sat down next to me. There was space for the woman to sit with one of the girls on her lap, but the other one had to stand up and the nearest place for her to hold on was on the other side of the bus.
Now if I were on a bus with my small kids, I would want them within reach (especially when standing). And I can think of all sorts of reasons for this, not the least which would be to make sure they don't fall over when the bus stops and starts--kids are, on the whole, pretty easily distracted and might well forget to hang on.
|No double-deckers in Austin, alas.|
It gives a whole new meaning to "watching my language".