Sunday, April 3, 2011
Why are they so sad?
Where we live, in the hills, Abbey can run pretty free. I let her wander near me, only holding hands when we cross roads.
Strangers smile and talk to her and to me.
I don't think I've ever been for a walk to our local shops without running into someone we know, stopping for a chat.
Put the two of us into the middle of the city, and we're like fish out of water.
We smile at people - and they look at the ground to avoid eye contact.
Abbey chats to another child - and mothers glare at her and move away.
And my little girl's recurring question of the day was, "Why is he/she sad, Mummy?"*
Just one reason we love being in the hills. Because a town with wizards and hippies, while not perfect or filled with happy people all the time, does teach a child that it's okay to be friendly.**
* Except when we met with some friends (Annie, Naomi, Suz, Mal and Jim - and some of their kids), who showed her that being in the city can mean smiles and happiness.
** I do love Melbourne! but I don't think I was born to be a city dweller.
Posted at 5:51 PM