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An Awkward Big Girl Moment

April 28 2009 | CeCe Olisa

It was rush hour on the subway and the train was packed. I slipped into a space and grabbed hold of the nearest pole making sure I didn’t kick the feet of the people in front of me, who were lucky enough to have snagged a seat.

After a few stops, a woman sitting in front of me waved her hand to get my attention. I took one earphone out of my ear so I could hear what she was saying.

“Would you like to sit down?” she asked, looking concerned.

“Oh– I’m fine… thanks though”

“You sure?”

“Yes,” I said, wondering why she was so worried.

“Okay,” she said slowly.

I caught a glimpse of myself in the train windows… one hand holding onto the pole, the other resting on my stomach. I looked back at the woman who offered me her seat, catching her as she glanced down at my tummy before going back to her book.

She thought I was pregnant….

*sigh*

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32 responses on “An Awkward Big Girl Moment

  1. chocdrop

    Unfortunately I have had the same thing happen….except this lady came up and rubbed my belly and asked me how far along I was. I smiled and said I am not pregnant. I didn’t laugh but I wanted to. That will teach her!!!

    I am a fellow Black BBW.

  2. bklynsoulmom

    Hey, I think that happened to me once. I had on a cool retro coat that needs to be tailored to fit me better. A woman on the train offered me a seat and I gladly said thanks. I expected her to get off the train at the next stop, but she didn’t. Later she found a seat and sat down. Then it hit me. I think she thinks I’m pregnant. Urrrghhh.
    But at least I had a seat!!!

  3. Anonymous

    or how about …when there is a seat BUT it doesnt look like there is ROOM ENOUGH …so I bypass it 🙁
    Everyday I try and judge if my butt will be ok in a train seat…its upsetting when there is clearly a seat, but EYE cant have it.

  4. Nikki

    One thing that i guess i shouldnt really care about,but have to admit it annoys me anyway, is when theres a perfectly good seat next to u on a bus or train and w/a quick glance smaller people bypass it or stand like there gonna catch a virus or something….really bugs me..

  5. Brenda

    Well at least you know that there are some decent people that would offer a seat to a pregnant lady. I have been on the train, where a man didn’t give his seat, and I had to. Don’t worry just keep up the good work, and you will get there.
    There are some people with phobia of fat people. I know, because my family members try to stay clear. I tell them to move to an island, because it is going to be difficult to get away.

  6. Brenda

    Well at least you know that there are some decent people that would offer a seat to a pregnant lady. I have been on the train, where a man didn’t give his seat, and I had to. Don’t worry just keep up the good work, and you will get there.
    There are some people with phobia of fat people. I know, because my family members try to stay clear. I tell them to move to an island, because it is going to be difficult to get away.

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