It's on these outings, a clumsy dad with the cute little munchkin, would go out into the open world without the security of a caring mom and we meet a lot of people on these trips.
if you are a parent, a father particularly, you would have noticed the extra attention that is required of us when we bring along a baby, that wonderful little explorer of ours. Its during these bring-along(s) that i've come to know along good folks around us. people who:-
- open doors for you when they see you stumbling to carry your baby in the sling, while pushing baby-related stuff.
- offer help to transfer groceries from the shopping cart to the cashier when they see you with a sleeping child on your elbow.
- these are the same people who would let you get in front of them in long queues.
- go out of the way to pick up things the lil one would drop on the floor,
- they do it without being asked to, do it with grace and smile, and they make my day.
just imagine, if it affects a able-bodied person like me, what then to those single mothers carrying all her lil darlings along?
i promise myself that i would show my child(ren) not what they should do, but essentially how they would like others to treat them. the reason simply being, when the people treat me with little courtesy like opening doors and making ways in elevator, it warms and touch me, it strengthens my belief that they are good folks around, that people arent born nasty.
to those kind souls out there, my most genuine and heart-felt smiles are dedicated to you.