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I wonder what her story was. (long)

post #1 of 14
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On the bus yesterday there was a lady who got on the bus at the same hub I catch it. She boarded pushing a baby carriage, a big one, with what looked like a postal box with some stuff in it, also blanket and various other items. Not homeless, you could tell that, or hopefully not about to be. We (the few people on the bus) heard a cat meow from inside. Of course all the "awwws" ensued and cat talk, but this lady was obviously very upset, She just kept her eyes down despite all the sillyness of us ooooing and kept petting the kitty inside the carriage to calm it. The cat poked her (or his) head out, then the rest of the body, on a harness, looking at all us. Very pretty cat. One other said "oh there you are you cutie pie!" to which the cat meowed back at her, we all smiled, even the sad lady. As the bus took off you could see the pain in the woman's eyes, she started to cry, and tried not to let us all see, putting on sunglasses (it was a cloudy rainy day) My heart was breaking for this unkown lady and her cat.
I should say the cat had a nice little nook in the back of the carriage to nestle in, don't want to make it seem she had the cat crammed in there.
She had the top part of buggy open , but did then close it over the cat, not trapping her (or him) just creating a closed space, and she looked away out the window, sunglasses still on. Still petting the cat with tears in her eyes, you could see them on her face despite the sunglasses.
I wanted so much to talk to this woman, comfort her, ask what was going on, but you can't just go up to a stranger and ask things like that.
I got off the bus before they did, so I don't know their destination.
To the lady on the #4 bus out of the South Transfer Point, I hope you are OK.
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by Trillcat View Post
I wanted so much to talk to this woman, comfort her, ask what was going on, but you can't just go up to a stranger and ask things like that.
I can I'll talk to anyone, but the part of the UK i come from were known for being friendly

I wonder if she was taking the poor cat to be PTS, or if she'd had bad news?
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I can I'll talk to anyone, but the part of the UK i come from were known for being friendly

I wonder if she was taking the poor cat to be PTS, or if she'd had bad news?
I will also talk to anyone, (we are friendly here in the midwest USA) but this just seemed so personal, her manner and the way she was , I just felt my intuition to leave her to her thoughts, whatever it was, it was bad.
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I will also talk to anyone, (we are friendly here in the midwest USA) but this just seemed so personal, her manner and the way she was , I just felt my intuition to leave her to her thoughts, whatever it was, it was bad.


I wonder what alot of peoples stories are.... what made them the way they are, why they are sad, why they are so happy, etc.

I hope this woman was not going through something horrible, but it sounds like perhaps she was
post #5 of 14
Since she had the cat with her, I wonder if she was having to give her up? I hope not!
post #6 of 14
Aw bless her , sounds worrying , hopefully she and the cat are okay!! xx
post #7 of 14
When I see someone crying my first reaction is to always ask them what is wrong and if there is anything I can do to help.

Perhaps something terrible had just happened to her (like a family member passing). Since her cat seemed so happy and content I am guessing that it was used to being there so the problem I am sure had nothing to do with said cute feline. =)


Editing - I am also wondering if you posted this on craigslist. Perhaps she will see it and feel better knowing that someone in the world was concerned.
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When I see someone crying my first reaction is to always ask them what is wrong and if there is anything I can do to help.

Perhaps something terrible had just happened to her (like a family member passing). Since her cat seemed so happy and content I am guessing that it was used to being there so the problem I am sure had nothing to do with said cute feline. =)


Editing - I am also wondering if you posted this on craigslist. Perhaps she will see it and feel better knowing that someone in the world was concerned.
I wondered as well if this was a friend or family members cat, someone who had passed away. It would also explain the box of stuff. (I could not see what was in the box, so no idea what was in there)
I am also the type of person who will ask what is wrong when I see someone crying, but it was obvious this lady wanted to be left to herself and her own thoughts.
post #9 of 14
Things like that will always make you wonder if you could have helped or not. She may have felt an offer of help to be an intrusion, just as easily as she may have welcomed it. If your instincts were to leave her alone then it was probably the right thing to do, she was trying so hard to hide her tears it might have embarrased her had you aknowledged them. I hope she was just an emotional person over reacting to something small....
post #10 of 14
Tom Bodett tells a story about seeing a woman crying in her car at a stop sign, and he does much of the speculation you have done here. Very touching.
post #11 of 14
I don't know what her story is, but one thing I do: You are a great writer! You should think about writing, if you already don't - you have the gift of making the readers relating to the subject of your story a great deal...

Many vibes for this lady and the kitty
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post

I wonder if she was taking the poor cat to be PTS, or if she'd had bad news?
That's what I was wondering. Sending vibes for this woman and her cat, whoever and wherever they are
post #13 of 14
I just figured out what PTS means and now all of my happy good feelings today disappeared...
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I can I'll talk to anyone, but the part of the UK i come from were known for being friendly

I wonder if she was taking the poor cat to be PTS, or if she'd had bad news?
The first thing I thought when I read this was, 'Susan would have asked her what was going on!'

I hope they are both ok
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