A recent post on Twitter really got my blood boiling.
I’m sorry, I missed the press release naming this clown the Minister of Appropriate Public Reading Material. Thus my reply.
I have done my share of commuting on subways, and trains. My book (especially on an e-reader) is NOT bothering you. The sounds screeching at top volume out of your ear buds? Those make me want to put my head in a toilet bowl and flush continuously. Alas, I tune it out for the sake of peaceful coexistence. Who am I to tell you what you can and can not listen to? I have different tastes and it is not my place to impose them on you.
I’m am an easy target for OSPTs (over the shoulder peeping toms). I’m visually impaired, so the fonts on my Kindle and iPad are set to XXL. A larger font, is not an invitation to partake. I don’t care if you can read it from four rows back. I can hear your awful music from the next train car, but I plug my ears. For the love of all that is written, DO. NOT. READ. OVER. MY. SHOULDER.
Sometimes it’s not possible, you are crammed in a rush hour train, nose to armpit with a few hundred of your “closest” friends. As you struggle to remain vertical as you surf the rails, your eyes fall on a page or a screen. Humans over the age of six, are programmed to read what is in front of them. A quick glance is one thing, prolonged gawking followed by judgment, or worse, a snarky comment (in person or virtual), is unnecessary. Don’t do it.
Is this me? Is this, my issue or do over the shoulder peeping toms bug you too?
Lee Laughlin is a writer, wife, and mom, frequently all of those things at once. She blogs at Livefearlesslee.com. Her words have appeared in a broad range of publications from community newspapers to the Boston Globe.