Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Hush Little Baby
I have an aversion to public crying.
Jude seems to know this instinctively.
Last week I took him to the public library for a bit of emailing as we don’t have internet at home. He slept for the entire walk. He slept as I logged onto the computer. And just as I began to respond to a few emails, his face began to contort.
I got nervous.
I rocked his little stroller.
I looked about me at the other library patrons. No one seemed particularly concerned with keeping things quiet in there. I could hear other children crying upstairs.
Then Jude began to cry.
I packed everything up as quickly as possible and pushed him back outside to head home.
He fell back asleep immediately and slept the entire walk home…and into the house.
I’m guessing that one thing I’m going to have to overcome is this aversion to public crying. At this point, I don’t even try to console him in public places…I just leave…as quickly as possible.
Eventually, I know I'm going to have to move past this. We can't stay at home for the rest of his baby days.