I feel good

and it’s all because someone took the trouble to smile at my babies.

   I’ve been grumbling to Mr Toad that i was sure this was the only country where you can walk on the road with two babies who are cooing and reaching out their hands to people and those very same people will ignore them and walk by without smiling. Does it cost so much to smile at a little baby, i cried. The people here are as cold as their winter.

His response was that these days people are afraid to look at other people’s children. You never know what the parents’ reaction will be. They may think you are a paedophile. He has been getting funny looks from a couple he sees everyday on the way to work and whose baby he smiles at. He has decided to stop.

It was very depressing to hear that cynical tirade. What sort of a world have i brought my children into? These days most adults are so afraid of children that they don’t stop and interfere when they see them bullying other little ones. See a hooded teenager defacing a bus stop…cross over to the other side and walk away as quickly as possible. Don’t get involved, they aren’t your children. What happened to the thinking that it took a village to raise a child? Was this behaviour  now extending to tiny, harmless babies as well?

Well this morning, one woman at least refused to subscribe to these views, and actually smiled at my babies, waved at them and called them ‘gorgeous’. That’s all it took to make my day. To believe that there are still some people out there who will look you in the eye and acknowledge the simple, undemanding beauty of a child.

Thank you lady for stopping me from brooding on all the wrongs of this world and bringing to mind Nat King Cole’s velvet voice singing

” You’ll find life is still worthwhile, if you just smile “



  1. suma said,

    August 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    i’m glad that lady made your day…

    though i wonder who can resist lil babies..i can’t 🙂

    • mrstoad said,

      August 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm

      i agree , which is why i was so upset.

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