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Today Edith and I were at the park on our usual bullshit — Edith trying valiantly to eat woodchips and me blocking her every attempt — when a couple little girls and their Mom arrived. The older of the two girls was clearly very interested in Edith. I could see her showing off for her and looking her way from the playset. Sure enough, eventually she came over to us and we had the following conversation:
“Hi! Can I try to hold that baby?”
“Hmm, no, I don’t think so. She’s still pretty little.”
“I am very careful with babies.”
“I’m sure you are. I really like your outfit.”
“Thanks! It’s new. Can I try to hold that baby?”
“No. Her name is Edith.”
At this point the little girl’s mom and sister arrived.
“Mom, the baby’s name is Vida. Can I hold her?”
“No, honey, you can’t hold a baby,” her mother said. “Hi, Vida! You really love those woodchips!”
Later as they were leaving, Edith’s hat fell off and the girl said in a stage whisper to her mother, “She doesn’t have any hair??” She sounded horrified.
“Well, she’s a baby,” her mom replied.
“She’s working on it!” I said, feeling strangely defensive. (Edith does have hair — beautiful, shiny, bright red hair. But it’s light in color, and it’s not very thick yet.)
My favorite thing about this interaction is that this little girl genuinely thought that her mother — Boss of World — had the authority to compel me to hand my baby over to her. I hope Edith is as convinced of my supremacy when she’s old enough to have hair.