Hoodies and Droopy-Pants: All You Need to Know About Helping Strollered Mothers Get Their Babies Up the Subway Stairs
October 13, 2007
Ibiteyoureyes was riding home on the good old New York City subway system a few days ago when he witnessed a not uncommon – but often uncomfortable – occurrence: a woman with a stroller needed to get up a long flight of subway stairs, and she needed help doing it.
(There was a baby in the stroller.)
Luckily for ibiteyoureyes, who was in very close physical proximity to the problem at hand, and who is terrified by the prospect of potentially dropping a stranger’s baby (only mildly scared of this scenario when dealing with a friend or family member’s baby) the strollered mother asked a teenage boy in a hoodie and droopy-pants to help her. This was a brilliant pick – and served as a good sign that the baby would eventually be carried safely to the top of the stairs. Why, do you ask? Oh! Well…
1. An upturned hood reduces peripheral vision, serving in very much the same way as blinders do for a horse. This allows the stranger helping you to carry your baby to focus on the task at hand. In the case of this particular teenager, he was probably even more focused while carrying the baby – he had his iTunes drowning out all the noise of the subway as well.
2. While droopy-pants may at first seem like a potential danger (if those pants droop too much, the stranger will trip and the baby will fall) the overwhelming majority of droopy-pantsed teenagers in hoodies have been waddling along in their droopy-pants for a long, long time. Teenage boys are master waddlers, and this is what’s important to getting that baby safely atop the streets of New York (after that, mother and child will have to face capitalism and tourism and gentrification and etc. on their own). A waddle is a wide, deliberate way of walking. You don’t see a lot of waddlers losing their balance and steering babies into stairway walls. They may be slow, and they may look like a duck, but you aren’t likely to see a waddler fall – especially when you add so many years of droopy-pants experience to the equation.
3. No one is less interested in a baby than a teenage boy (with the exception of budding pedophiles). Much like the observations dealt with in section one of this analysis – this has to do with an ideal lack of distractions. Unless the baby is farting, made out of boobs, or possesses the comedic prowess of Baby Sinclair, your average strollered mother can safely assume that if she chooses a teenage boy to help carry her baby up the subway stairs – he will not lose focus when faced with a potential cutesy-wutsey face, or cutsey-wutesey giggle, or bubbling vomit (maybe bubbling vomit). There is a flip-side to this argument: one could make a case for the benefits that would come from the stranger being interested by the baby. While it is possible, there’s a big difference between fleeting interest and actually caring about a strange baby. For this counter-argument to hold either water (or better yet – Gatorade A.M) you’d have to be dealing with a very charming and charismatic baby.
People you should absolutely not entrust with your baby:
- Michael Jackson,
- Kyle Broflovski,
- Eddie Izzard (Hi! I’m Crazy Eddie! I put babies on spikes…),
- The Gang, from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
One Last Thing…
The good choice on the part of this particular mother being thus proven, the overall scenario does beg a further question: what does one do when two finds threeself on the other side of the equation? In simpler terms, if you are not the teenage boy from our example, should you help a strollered mother carry her baby up a flight of stairs?
Questions to ask yourself:
1. Is the teenage boy in the hoodie perhaps available?
2. Could I pass as his impostor? (Sub-questions: how much droop can I squeeze out of my pants, and can/should I pull my shirt over my head.)
3. Do I trust this mother not to drop the baby herself…and then run?
4. Would the world be a better place if this mother and her baby never (ever!) made it up those stairs? (Does the baby look evil?)
5. Could this strollered mother be single, and if she is, is helping her carry the baby too big of a commitment. (If you are a woman: am I a lesbian?)
6 . Hasn’t this blog entry gone on long enough?