A parents thoughts.
Dear London Underground,
If truth be told, I just can’t get enough of you.
Every week I swing by without fail and you greet me with big open doors and a warm and welcoming ‘mind the gap’. Like everyone, we have had our fair few ups and downs over the years. It’s not always you, but often me.
Having said that, it’s all water under the bridge in the whole grand scheme of things. Even I can’t resist your up-beat banter on a Monday morning.
And what a people pleaser, do my ears deceive me? It seems like you have hired Nanny Plum and I find myself, along with other parents, beaming from ear to ear as I catch ‘can you pleeeseee step away from the dooooorrrrsss,’ (only a parent of a Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom fan will truly understand).
But today things are different. We are not on speaking terms. Things have turned a touch sour.
I know that times can be hard, and sometimes it can seem like you are chasing your own tail. But is that any reason to slam your doors in my face. To shut me out?
You see. I am a parent.
A parent who relies on your service.
Without you, I cannot make my speedy dash across the city to race into work and then back again in time to collect my little one. I cannot hope for the best and see if, by some miracle, that joining a mile long que to get onto one of your extra (?) buses will get me back in time. Because when you are responsible for a little human, it’s not possible to just ‘cross your fingers’, or ‘give it a try and see what happens’.
Thankfully, I am one of the lucky parents that do happen to have an amazing workplace. So I am not required to ‘do battle’ or ‘hope for the best’ in getting back in time for my little one today.
But what if I wasn’t so lucky.
-What if you going on tube strike today meant me losing my job? – a life changer perhaps?
-What if you going on tube strike today meant that no one was there to collect my child?
So, whilst you sit there and sulk in silence please do think about all those parents (well everyone really) out there that need you. That need you much more than perhaps you realise.
Was your Tube Strike worth it?