My sweet Emma Jane is full of life and personality. From the time she learned to wave she has been charming strangers and making "friends" in any and all public venues. But recently, she has decided that she no longer likes strangers. She doesn't wave and say "hi" anymore. When she is told how cute she is or asked her name, she crosses her arm, sticks out her bottom lip and looks at her feet. And if a stranger happens to be in or near our home, she has an all out meltdown and demands to be held.
This has been a major pain (for me) lately. We are currently having some work done on our house (another post, another day) so there are a lot of strangers at our house these days. Every time we leave the house, Emma Jane demands, through tears and hanging on my legs, that I carry her past the offending strangers out to the car. She doesn't seem to notice or care that I might have my hands full of her very heavy baby brother in his infant carrier. So I have been making at least two trips to the car to load up kids every time I leave the house.
One of the strangers in particular, is a very nice man named Nick. Nick has been at our house everyday for at least the last three weeks. He is no longer a stranger. But Emma Jane still won't have anything to do with him. And Nick, a father of six, is actually starting to take it to heart that Emma Jane still cowers and shrieks at the very sight of him.
The other day, I managed to convince Emma Jane that Nick was not going to "get" her and that she could walk to the car by herself. Unfortunately, I didn't warn Nick. And unfortunately, as soon as my daughter stepped outside Nick turned on some very loud power tool. Emma Jane screamed like that tool was being used on her and was still crying hysterically even after she was loaded up and we were on our way.
Poor Nick felt so bad! He said as we were leaving, "Well, at least you don't ever have to worry about her walking off with a stranger."
That's true...my baby will never "go quietly."