Why the recent lack of posts? I've been a single parent the last few days while my wife is away at a conference. The kid's cold has been getting better, and overall, things have been pretty manageable, thanks in part the eight million childcare experts in the stores and on the streets who have been so generous the last few days with spontaneous advice.
If I haven't thanked you all individually--and believe me, I try, even through a grim smile--thanks, New York City. Now let me give something back by sharing what I've gotten just since Monday: "She looks cold."
"She's teething." [No, she just chews on everything.]
"She's cute. She looks hungry."
"Bugaboo!" [OK, technically not advice, but that doesn't stop people from shouting it out.]
"Where's her hat? She needs a hat." [multiple variations]
"You know what my daughter told me? 'Dad, never lead with my kids into traffic. Pull the stroller behind you when you cross.'" [huh?]
"Doesn't she have any shoes? She's old enough for shoes."
"What's his name?...Oh. Why are you dressing her in boy's clothes?" [black is not a boys-only color, ma'am.]
"Aww, she's adorable with her hair all in her face like that." [subtler than most]