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Chuck Hinman: IJMA 178 - Love at first sight, Memorial Day

It's Just Me Again No. 178, Love At First Sight: Memorial day encounter with a baby. 27 June 2009
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By Chuck Hinman

Recently I was having an evening meal at a local eatery with family who were here for Memorial Day.

While waiting for our food, a baby with his family at an adjoining table became extremely unhappy. His mother, trying everything to get him to stop crying, stood up with him over her shoulder. That wasn't the solution. He was having a ring tailed fit.

His little shoeless feet were just a short distance from my face when I tickled the bottom of his feet. He stopped crying immediately and gave me the sweetest broad grin I have ever seen.

When his mother shifted him on her shoulder, he looked for me as though saying "Do it again."

As we continued with our meal, the pacified baby refused to take his eyes off me, breaking into the sweetest smile every time our eyes met or when I winked at him unknown to his mother.

I am an elderly grandpa who hasn't had a baby in my arms in years but I would leave the farm (if I had one) to that little guy. He is a keeper!

- Chuck Hinman, in 2009 Memorial Day was May 25.

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