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Chuck Hinman: Love At First Sight. Chuck reports a Memorial Day 2009 (May 25) encounter with a shoeless baby whom he pacified by tickling the toddler's feet.
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By Chuck Hinman

Love At First Sight

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.

Chuck tickles bottoms of baby's feet

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."

Baby refuses to take his eyes off Chuck

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!

Written by Chuck Hinman. Emailed Wednesday, 27 May 2009.

This story was posted on 2014-05-25 03:38:36
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