What is with people these days?
Is it too much to ask for eye contact, a smile, a simple thank you? I don't get it. In the grocery store, at the mall, the pizza delivery guy ~ no one likes to say hello anymore?
No where have I noticed this more than at the playground. Scratch that. Anywhere I go with J, I am surprised by the lack of warmth or common courtesy I see.
My daughter is the most talkative toddler you will ever meet. She has absolutely no problem going up to people on the street and saying hello. She loves babies and other kids and always wants to chat. I think it's great, but some people are not so receptive. Children will run away or stare blankly at my daughter as if it's a foreign concept to simply smile back. They look scared or nervous and I just don't get it.
Mostly I feel bad for J. She is super sweet and will continue to talk, but most kids don't hang around to listen to what she has to say. I get no response from parents either. If a child were to come up to J, I would probably initiate the conversation by asking the little person what his/her name is, maybe ask what they're doing, or comment on their cute shoes ~ something to acknowledge that this child is in my presence.
I would not, however, stand there in an awkward silence.
I try my best not to walk around in a fog. I am very aware of my surroundings and like to think that I am a friendly person. I think that comes with being a mom ... or does it? How do you react when another child approaches your son/daughter? Do you smile, say hello, or just keep on walking?
At her age, I'm sure J doesn't quite understand the complexities of human behavior, but I worry that she is hurt, or will be hurt, when other children don't return her kind gestures. It hurts my feelings.