Friday, November 16, 2012

Master of Acquisitions

OR: How my kid gets stuff...
OR: Are you sure you're my kid?
OR: Ask for what you want, you just might get it!

My kiddo has this incredible quality- he is audacious, if nothing else. He goes up to strangers and asks for what he wants. And almost always gets it!*

Last week when we were at the park, a mother was giving her boys potato chips. My boy walks up to her, says a high-pitch hmm, nods his head and looks up with his puppy eyes. "Do you want one?"; nods yes. Turns around to face me, grinning from ear to ear with potato chip in hand.

This week- same park, different mother: the kiddo walks away with a teddy graham.

Currently, we have two inflated balloons in our house. One of them came from a baby shower. We did not attend this baby shower. We just happened to walk out of a restaurant as a woman was leaving a hotel lobby with three balloons. Little Boy points up at the balloons and looks at the woman. "Here have one!" We check with her: "are you sure?" "Of course, I have two kids at home, he can have this third balloon". It has been over a month and the balloon is still hanging out in our play room.

Last weekend we went downtown for some exploring. In a public plaza, he walks away from us to make his request, and a three year old girl gave him her pink balloon. He has been semi-obsessed with this latest conquest all week.

Is there a point to this post? Maybe. Maybe we need to remember that sometimes all you have to do is ask. That people are mostly pretty nice and friendly. That we should give strangers the benefit of the doubt. Or maybe Baby Boy just has skillz.

*I should note that these are just examples with perfect strangers. He's in a whole different league with people he knows!

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