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Grumpy Old Men

This, I took Soëlie out for a walk in her mei tai, and we passed a gathering of four old men standing by the boulodrome (where you play "boules," aka petanque), smoking cigars. Bonjours were exchanged, some more heartfelt than others.  On my way back to the village, only two men were left, and when one judged that I was out of earshot, he grumpily said to the other, "I just hate seeing babies carried like that..."  Then I truly was out of earshot and didn't hear the rest clearly, only that something "incites others to..." do something, probably something as equally wrong and rebellious as wear one's baby.  o.O


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Jan. 25th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
How dare you carry your baby!
Feb. 1st, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Yeah, totally weird thing to do, right?
Jan. 25th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
Pfffft! Grumpy old man is grumpy. He's just jealous because his mother never cuddled him like that :-P

Feb. 1st, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
Hehe. I think you may have a point there.
Jan. 25th, 2011 01:24 pm (UTC)
Oh, you other, you!
Feb. 1st, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
i know! I guess I just can't help but stand out. :P
Jan. 25th, 2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
Why yes, it's an outrage. Babies should be pushed, not carried, and preferably in one of those baby carrier/car seats that snaps into the stroller so you never have to touch them and/or move them from that cradled position lest they fall apart. (So they'll be severely delayed motorically and will crawl much later. Who wants to babyproof anyhow?)

Next they'll insist on breastfeeding.

Feb. 1st, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
Amen, sister! I also read that leaving babies in carriers (some babies spend around 6hrs per day) can impede their breathing, which in turn affects their mental development.
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
Ooh, a fill-in-the blank!

incites others to... have more babies and DESTROY THE PLANET!

incites others to... spontaneously get cavities from the cuteness overload

incites others to... sponsor a World Vision child

incites others to... wear purple and pink spotted clothes and tapdance in the streets?

Ignore them. They're either cranky or still stuck in the mindset that baby-wearing means that your child will grow up to be spoiled, clingy and namby-pamby. Either way, they're wrong.

Feb. 1st, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
*rofl* Thanks for the good laugh. And yeah, duly ignored. I keep waiting to see them/him again so I can them a great big smile.
Jan. 25th, 2011 06:51 pm (UTC)
everyone has an opinion...and when it comes to babies/breastfeeding/wearing your baby I've noticed that the opinions can be quite fierce. (And what, exactly, is a mei tai? Some sort of sling?).

- D
Feb. 1st, 2011 12:42 pm (UTC)
Re: LOl
Yes, lots of opinions out there, and yet it still amazes me that some people act like their opinion is the only valid...ok, ONLY ONE in existence. I gave a link to a mei tai in my laytest post. If you want to buy one, they'll usually run between $70-90, but we made ours for under $10.
Jan. 25th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
OMG, what on earth gets into some people? And what could possibly be wrong with that? Oy.
Feb. 1st, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
I know! I was pretty flabbergasted by it. :P I guess he lives a boring life any fodder is good fodder...
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