I shared a photo of the Little Guy with a complete stranger at the LuckeeDutch Bakery in Newberg this morning! And The Boss seemed to think this was not an unusual action on my part.
We live in a lovely little college town with delightful shops catering to both tourists who visit the wineries in Newberg and Dundee as well as to students -- a hard niche to accommodate but the restaurants, bookstores, and vintage shops are the best for both groups! Today we discovered another fabulous local bakery - the Peach Coffee Cake was incredible! - and while waiting for The Boss to select his pastry (a chocolate croissant) I struck up a conversation with a Dad about the amber teething necklace his little guy was wearing. Mom thinks it is quite effective -- they've used it for three children and all have teeth! And as conversations go, the Dad politely asked about my grandchildren -- well, I couldn't be impolite and not tell him, could I?
And I did ask if he wanted to see a photo -- I didn't just have it ready to show him before asking. And, really, what could he have said? "No, I don't want to see your pictures...." He was far more polite than that.
And that's the point.
He was modeling respectful and considerate behavior. Also known as thoughtfulness, diplomacy (he was being quite diplomatic!), gallantry, chivalry, courtesy, civility. And Dad, you may never see this post, but KUDOS! In our lighthearted exchange about amber teething necklaces and sharing simple details about the important little people in our lives, your three children were watching and listening and learned how to engage a stranger politely. Even one who simply must share her Little Guy's pics!