and I appreciated being able to sit on the crowded bus, truly I did, so please forgive me as I offer this suggestion.
Next time offer your seat by saying
" May I offer you my seat?"
I will say, "why thank you, yes."
It could also be possible for me to say "How kind of you to offer but, thank you- I prefer to stand." Or perhaps "How kind of you to offer but, I am getting off at the next stop."
Unfortunately you said to me "Do you need my seat?" And yes, yes I did.