On Saturday we drove up to Maryland for a wedding. We were well over an hour early so we stopped for some coffee for us and a feeding for Wren. Because there was not a diaper changing station in the coffee shop, Wren and I went to the adjacent bookstore to use their facilities.
In the bathroom were several other women from the coffee shop who then commented on how beautiful my daughter was. As we were returning to Okey, another woman stopped to talk to Wren and me. She said that she worked at a child development center, and she wanted to let me know that it’s so obvious when a child is well-loved. She also commented on how beautiful my daughter was … which made Wren beam. Then the woman, almost instinctively, reached out with her arms to hold my daughter.
“I’m sorry. I do not know you.”
I couldn’t believe I was saying those words again.
This friendly, outgoing woman was visibly shocked at my refusal to let her hold my daughter. But then she recovered with a smile on her face and said “I get it.”
We both smiled, exchanged a few more pleasantries, and went on our separate, merry ways.
However, this left me wondering if this was more common than I realized. How many of you have had strangers ask to hold your baby?