I have a special talent: kids like me.*
No matter how sick or cranky the baby, or how fearful the toddler, I can get their trust within seconds.
i can’t count the number of times a mother has told me, “He only wants his Mama when he’s sick. He’ll never go to a man, least of all a stranger.”
I smile and hold out my hands, and nine times out of ten, they’ll come to me willingly, and stop fussing when I hold them…
… to the slack-jawed astonishment of the mother.
Today I astonished yet another mother and aunt, taking care of the cutest little blue-eyed kid that was the absolute spitting image of Marko Kloos’ son, Quinn, at age three or so.
babe baby magnet has its disadvantages, though. One of the biggest clues to a child’s mental status, particularly the non-verbal ones, is the presence or absence of age-appropriate stranger or separation anxiety.
I can never place much faith in that, though, because kids warm up to me so readily.
* Probably because they instinctively sense that I too am a seven-year-old kid, only larger and hairier.