We live in the most populated neighborhood in our city, within short walking distance to a host of interesting places to visit and things to do. Given that, we get out and about around here a lot with Lukas. And, whether we are pulling him around in his red wagon, pushing him in his Kettler tricycle, or more recently walking beside him as he rides his balance bike, he is always drawing attention.
Lots of attention.
And, being the proud and also protective father that I am, I am continually gauging reaction of the people we come into contact with. What I have found, and also what I don't find at all surprising, is that he invariably makes quite a few people smile. And often laugh out loud.
I don't blame them. At nearly 3 years old my son seems to have found the sweet spot of cute. He is fully conversational with an adorable inflection in his voice, as well as being perceptive beyond his age. The only thing Mrs. LIAYF and I need to be fully cognizant about is instilling a proper amount of caution into him of strangers. But when with us, he is not at all shy about striking up a conversation with the people we run across. And they are generally rapt. Often you can see their mood change instantly.
It's a great feeling as a parent to be out and about with him and to see the fleeting moments of happiness engaging with a cute kid gives people. Lukas even made two teenage boys smile and laugh out loud yesterday. He had been devastated after dropping his ice cream cone at the local ice cream parlor. Seeing this, the boys immediately gave him a replacement cone.
A 100% sincere "Thaaaank yu-oohoh" followed by a thousand mile wide smile, and these two boys just couldn't contain themselves - as much as you could tell they wanted too.
I'm sure there will be a time in the near future when people stop seeing the adorable, happy boy my son is right now and just see another kid out and about with his parents. That will be just fine with Mrs. LIAYF and I because we will know that he is the same terrific boy we have always known.
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