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Babies like human faces, I'm told, but apparently especially other babies' faces. There were two baby girls in the arms of family members, sitting in front of us in church yesterday, both about nine months old. On the right, the youngest of six siblings (a beautiful family--I've really loved seeing the kids get older and each new baby turn into a small child). This child had caramel-colored hair, tights with hearts on them, and a pink sweater, and at one point her next-up sister gave her a glittering, pink-flavored rhinestone bracelet to play with, which she proudly showed to everyone, including me. (I was gratified to be included.) Next-up sister was the baby seems like just days ago, but now she's a little person with her own style. I was reminded of the phrase in Esmeralda Santiago's When I was Puerto Rican--"Someone's coming to take your lap." Next-up sister wasn't showing any hard feelings, though.

Anyway, this friendly, outgoing baby caught sight, over to the left, of another baby girl, a more-shy-seeming baby with brown curls and a beautiful dress with white designs of rabbits, ferns, and flowers on a blue ground. (This baby had only one sibling, an older sister, about three or four years old, who was playing with a set of plastic toy horses on the pew.) The eyes of big-family baby lit up when she saw this other baby. She smiled broadly and waved her arms and cooed. The other baby noticed, and a smile spread across her face too, and the two babies looked at each other like they'd just discovered a long-lost friend. They're just starting out their adventure in human existence, and here's a fellow traveler, a comrade.

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Apr. 16th, 2018 07:59 pm (UTC)
When my niece was a baby, we were all gathered for some holiday or another at her grandparents' house. Her cousin, close in age to her, was also there. They were sitting next to each other in their little bouncy, rolly thingies (I forget what they're called) when they suddenly and simultaneously figured out that they weren't looking in a mirror, there was another baby there, and launched into several minutes of squealing and giggling. Which made all of us giggle as well. (The fact that those babies are now 25 doesn't make me feel old at all...)
Apr. 16th, 2018 08:25 pm (UTC)
Aww, wonderful! Yeah, I don't know what those things are called either, but I always think of them as like personal flying saucers... only on wheels.

And yeah; I **know**--the time goes zipping by. ... Let's not think about it too hard. (Avoidance! A very useful technique for getting through life!)
Apr. 16th, 2018 11:41 pm (UTC)
reminded me of one of my nephews who was but 2 yrs old at a party where he found two other kids of his age and they had been in deep conversation that none of us could follow...Aah babies...
Apr. 16th, 2018 11:43 pm (UTC)
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