Shortly after we settled in, the hostess sat an elderly couple near us. They sat there quietly talking while we ordered our food and tried to entertain Jack with some crayons and a piece of paper. Soon enough Jack was talking loudly and dancing in his high chair. I saw the older couple look over at us, then the woman winked at Jack, and waved over at him.
He lit up, and waved back, while talking all about his 'num-nums', and the man leaned back in his chair and told us how much seeing Jack reminded him of his early days of parenting. They continued interacting with Jack off and on throughout the meal, and when they left, they came over for high fives from the little guy.
As I watched them walk out to their car, arm in arm, I thought about how amazing it is that a child can bring people to interact despite all the barriers that society puts up. I love that there is a sense of community in parenting, in all it's stages. I love that I can look across the aisle at the grocery store to see the mom with a squawking newborn, and exchange smiles of 'oh sweetie, I've so been there!'. I love that my dental hygienist gives me potty training tips even though her three boys are all out of high school by this point. I love seeing the way pregnant women look at Jack, you can almost see them dreaming about what their little one will be like.
I have been continually amazed at the community that I have found over the past fifteen months, both in real life and here online. It's amazing how much we all have in common when we stop looking at what we don't have in common.
|This picture is unrelated, but I like it!|