Saturday, 20 March 2010

What is happening in our world..................

............when the simple act of going to work can put you in danger of violence.

The photo below is a not very flattering photo of He Who Works............



........yesterday, he took himself off to work as usual. Now this man of mine isn't a copper, or a firefighter, nor is he a bouncer in a dark and dingy nightclub. He's not a soldier going off to protect our shores, he's not a rigger climbing up scaffolding!! He doesn't do anything that would make an insurance company reject his policy - he's a train driver!!

He ferries around the general public on our train system here in Melbourne, Australia. He's been doing this for over 30 years. Up to a few years ago, I would have said that the biggest worry I had when he left each day was someone driving or walking in front of his train, it's happened a few times, and each time the grief and sorrow for lost lives has emotionally crippled him for months.

Yesterday he went to work as usual but around five in the afternoon he made a huge mistake!! He asked a couple of youths (20ish) to stop holding the door open so that he could get going. One of them didn't say anything, the other in no uncertain terms told him what he could do with himself, calmly walked up to him (he was in the door of the cab when he spoke to them) and hit him!! Now this man of mine takes some bruising, not like me who only has to look at the corner of a table and my thigh is blue!!

He's gone in to work today with explicit instructions to not even look at any young, male passengers. I told him that if they want to hold the door open and risk falling out, fine, let them fall!! He's not a big man, he always says that if there is a second life, he's coming back as a very spoilt cocker spaniel with very long legs!!! :o)

Not only is he not tall or well built, he's 63 today, we joke all the time about age being a date on the calendar, not the age that's in your head and heart. But he happens to be my old man and I do happen to like his face the shape it is!! He has no intention of 'retiring', while he's healthy he just wants to play with his trains. So why do people, be they youth or not, think they have the right to speak with their fists? I know that here in Melbourne, we have an epidemic of violence, youth terrorising youth at night. What has happened to our world? Why is our world a violent place?

Why isn't the world as friendly, warm, tolerant,good and accepting as our blogging world?????????????

28 comments:

Kim said...

Find the answer to this question and you may be able to accomplish world peace. I am so sorry that your hubby was hurt this way...one day those kids will get theirs.

Bronny said...

I am sorry this happened to your hubby. It is senseless to have these things happen - & I'm sure these kids have no concept of their actions and how they affect other people.
Give him extra hugs today from your blogging buddies.

Margaret said...

Don;t know the answer , however I do ask the same ? why is every one so intolerant ?

Hope "he who works and does a good job " is feeling better.

Julie said...

Oh Lizzie, your poor hubby, thats just terrible.

Julia said...

Oh Lizzie, that's awful...what's the world coming to.
My hubby is too friendly, he talks to anyone in the street, I worry one day someone will take him the wrong way and punch him in the nose.
I hope you hubby is feeling better.
Julia ♥

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh Lizzie, i'm so sorry for both of you!! It's so alarming, what is wrong with people, do they not have any concern for authority?? Wow, i've got goose bumps & am so alarmed. 5p.m. & all, not 5a.m.!! Wow wee, i'm horrified for you.
My husband is a soldier, so yes, i worry about him at war & here in peace times, & insurance companies don't like us either!! But a jolly train driver - my uncle was a London train driver for about 100 years, but standing about 6'4" & i bet looked 7' tall if he was angry, not sure if he took any menacing. The disrespect & unpredictablity of youth makes you wonder what is wrong with this world. Hoping there is CCTV & they are locked up for assult.
In the mean time, Happy Birthday & wishing you lots of love. Know you have raised lovely children & grandchildren, who will tip the balance towards greater people in this world. Love Posie

Pokey said...

Stupid boys!! Sorry for my language. It is so frustrating that in a world of angry children, that they feel they have the right to bully. I would have been punched too! I tend to think if a youth is not thinking correctly, it is my job (as a teacher) to let them know what is right and wrong.
I am sorry to your dear, sweet (I am sure he is) honey~!!

Jeanette said...

Oh Lizzie, I'm so sorry to hear that your hubby has been injured. Such selfish young boys. Hope he had a better day today & wishing him Happy Birthday, Hugs, Jeanette

paddysdaughter said...

Lizzie - that is dreadful, what a horrible thing to happen when just going about your job! Hope the bruise does not spoil his good looks for long, and those that caused it get their comeuppance in due course! Sue McB

Jo in TAS said...

Your poor hubby, he wouldn't have expected that to happen. It's so sad to see our youth behaving so badly. They have no respect at all, it's something I've been trying to instill in my own teen. I grew up learning to respect my elders, don't talk back, never swear in public all those things, I want him to do the same. When did parents stop doing this?

Val's Filigree Fancies said...

I am so very sorry to hear about this happening to your hubby - this world is disgusting, thats without a doubt, and I worry about my children living in our society in 10 years time when they are old enough to leave the family nest - I keep wondering how much worse it will be for them.

My hubby and I moved away from Melbourne for this very reason, to keep away from the city and its violence and the break-ins (twice in two months our home was broken into) - we moved to a small country town an hours drive from Melbourne in order to give our two children a more wholesome start in life, in a place which is quieter and more relaxed.

I hope you hubby does not experience this at his workplace ever again - I wish you both all the best, hugz Val

Lynne said...

Ooo I was so sorry to read this! You have every right to be mad and disappointed and frustrated and...

MY WM works on the railway here in Sydney - he's a Station Manager (used to be called "Master" but not any more - politically incorrect!). He's very much a people person but he sometimes says that when they get together as the "public", ooo, watch out!

Bruxa da Montanha said...

Hello Lizzie.
I always get to your blog to see your beautiful work and now I face a reality that made me sad. It's no different here in Brazil.
I hope your husband recover and don't give up.
Take care and be in touch.
Maria Lucia

PatchworkRose said...

Lizzie Poor DH and your right it is just not fair. I have 2 teenage sons and they are good kind boys who know how to behave themselves. There are some out there that need to stop thinking the world owes them a living and get on with their own lives in a positive way. Nobody likes louts or bullies. I do believe in Karma though and what goes around comes around. DH should be able to do his job without grief!
Take Care
Cheers
Lynne

Anonymous said...

My husband is a train driver in NSW. It is amazing the violence that goes on around train tracks. He has never been punched liked that but he has been spat on several times and also has had bricks/rocks come through the cab window to many times to count, thrown by senseless idiots. Once as he was pulling into a platform a guy pointed a fake gun at him and scared he witless. He gave that one a piece of his mind then handed him over to transit officer. A couple of weeks ago he nearly hit three teenagers one of whom went back across in front of him as he was doing 120kmph. It was near the end of his shift so he went around and told them off. They probably thought he was a gruppy old bloke but it made him feel better.

Tell your husband what I tell mine "Get in lock the door and don't say a bloody thing to anybody even if the deserve it you don't know what they have got in their pockets". But your husband is probably like mine wants things done right and can see the danger the twits put themselves in.

It's a same that we as drivers wives can get used to this.

Kathie said...

so sorry to hear this , just makes me so sad to hear this.
Kathie

Francien said...

I am speechless Lizzie, nobody seems to care about eachother anymore...if you say something to people you about something you dont like one have to choose your words carefully, they get aggressive rightaway..there was a fellow once here in the metro in Rotterdam sitting with his feet on another chair and his bag on another...someone said that he wanted to take a seat too so he had to remove his legs or bag..and they ended up in a fight!! it was terrible...we were all stuck in that train and some of the people started to panic because the fellow had a knife!!..after i got out of there i did not want to go shopping..i was to shaken up so i went home again...and there was nothing to fight about really...he could have just remove his bag from a seat...what a world...i hate to say it everytime again...but it was better when i was young...people helped eachother and younger ones stood up to leave there seats to older ones..i am glad i live outside the big town in a village...here is everything still allright..for now...
hope you and your DH are not to sad about it...he will live...but wont forget...
have a nice and safe weekend....
greetings♥Francien.

Sue-Anne said...

What an awful thing to happen to him! Like you, I am at a loss as to the behaviour of our teenagers. It is bad up here as well. We have so much violence on Saturday nights in Albury and one of our pubs is listed as one of the 10 most violent pubs in NSW. My daughter works in a pub in Albury and a couple of weeks ago the bouncers kicked a young bloke out for being too drunk and he came back an hour later and threw a molitov cocktail at the bouncers and people lining up out the front and the bouncer got set on fire. I worry about my boys going out. They are 23 and 25 and are pretty easygoing and can look after themselves but there are so many dickheads that want to start fights and I am frightened they will end up getting into trouble for just defending themselves.

Poor hubbie was only trying to do the right thing. I hope he doesn't have to put up with something like that again.

Margaret said...

I'm so sorry this happened to your man, Lizzie. It really is sad, and scary too. Even the things that the youth today thinks are funny tend toward the disrespectful, and it really bothers me. I hope your DH doesn't encounter anymore bad people. And that he has a good birthday -- it's my son's birthday too! Happy birthday to him. Give him extra hugs from all of us in the blogging world.

Deb said...

That is terrible. What an awful thing to happen. It makes you really wonder what is wrong with kids today! They have no regard for anything and it's so sad. Hope that was the only instance of stupidity that your husband has to deal with.

Kerri said...

Oh Lizzie. Horrible new. Things are getting worse now a day. Heart felt hug to you and your hubby

Vivian said...

Oh Lizzie...I swear there is something every day that makes me stop and cry out For Heaven's Sake!

I am so sorry that your husband was the victim of such disrespect (and assault). I look around and notice there are people even my age (30s) that have such disrespect for others and I can't figure out how they got that way.

However, wish you guy a wonderful day and just enjoy the moment. Take care.

Michele Barnes said...

That is really upsetting, Lizzie! My husband will be 63 next month, and he has always been a lover, not a fighter. I can not imagine such a dreadful thing happening to him. Were there no police, or security people? If those thugs would do that to him, they would be quite ready to repeat it over and over. Tell him how bad we all feel, won't you? Michele

Kate said...

Oh Lizzie, what an awful thing to happen. I hope the bruises heal quickly and that he had a fantastic birthday. X

Sue said...

It's not right when bad things happen to good people. Hope your DH is feeling ok about it now and that you can all stay strong in your beliefs. Something like this is more than a shock. It can change the way you view your world.

Bernadette said...

What on earth is the world coming to!!! Glad to hear he is kind of ok. I have no 2 son just passed the entry exam into the police force, looks like there is too much work out there for them!

Sweet P said...

How awful of those boys. I can't believe how rude people are these days. I hope he's better soon.

prashant said...

I am so sorry that your hubby was hurt this way...one day those kids will get theirs.
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