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MIB
We Three Blings


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Here's your glurge for this evening.

A BABY'S HUG

We were the only family with children in the restaurant. I sat Erik in a high chair and noticed everyone was quietly eating and talking.

Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, "Hi there." He pounded his fat
baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his
mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with merriment.

I looked around for the source of his merriment. It was a man whose pants were
baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be shoes. His
shirt was dirty and his hair was uncombed and unwashed. His whiskers were too
short to be called a beard and his nose was so varicose it looked like a road
map. We were too far from him to smell, but I was sure he smelled. His hands
waved and flapped on loose wrists. "Hi there, baby; Hi there, big boy. I see
ya, buster," the man said to Erik.

My husband and I exchanged looks. "What do we do?" Erik continued to laugh and
answer, "Hi, hi there." Everyone in the restaurant noticed and looked at us and
then at the man. The old geezer was creating a nuisance with my beautiful baby.

Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, "Do ya patty
cake? Do you know peek-a- boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a-boo." Nobody
thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk. My husband and I were
embarrassed. We ate in silence; all except for Erik, who was running through
his repertoire for the admiring skidrow bum, who in turn, reciprocated with his
cute comments.

We finally got through the meal and headed for the door. My husband went to
pay the check and told me to meet him in the parking lot. The old man sat
poised between me and the door. "Lord, just let me out of here before he
speaks to me or Erik," I prayed.

As I drew closer to the man, I turned my back trying to sidestep him and avoid
any air he might be breathing. As I did, Erik leaned over my arm, reaching with
both arms in a baby's "pick-me-up" position.

Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man's.
Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their love
relationship. Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny
head upon the man's ragged shoulder. The man's eyes closed, and I saw tears
hover beneath his lashes. His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor,
cradled my baby's bottom and stroked his back. No two beings have ever loved so
deeply for so short a time. I stood awestruck. The old man rocked and cradled
Erik in his arms and his eyes opened and set squarely on mine.

Now, the baby in an act of "total trust, love and submission" laid his head on
the bum's shoulder. "Two beings never loved so deeply for such a short time."

He said in a firm commanding voice, "You take care of this baby." Somehow I
managed, "I will," from a throat that contained a stone.

He pried Erik from his chest unwillingly, longingly, as though he were in pain.
I received my baby, and the man said, "God bless you, ma'am, you've given me my
Christmas gift." I said nothing more than a muttered thanks.

With Erik in my arms, I ran for the car. My husband was wondering why I was
crying and holding Erik so tightly, and why I was saying, "My God, my God,
forgive me."

I had just witnessed Christ's love shown through the innocence of a tiny child
who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who
saw a suit of clothes. I was a Christian who was blind, holding a child who was
not. I felt it was God asking, "Are you willing to share your son for a
moment?" when He shared His for all eternity. The ragged old man, unwittingly,
had reminded me, "To enter the Kingdom of God, we must become as little
children."

I'm not sure what to say about this one.

MIB

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hautdesert
The Red and the Green Stamps


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quote:
Originally posted by MIB:
Suddenly, Erik squealed with glee and said, "Hi there." He pounded his fat
baby hands on the high chair tray. His eyes were crinkled in laughter and his
mouth was bared in a toothless grin, as he wriggled and giggled with merriment.

Hmm. I know all kids are different, etc., but both my kids had teeth before they could sit up, and certainly before they could say "Hi there."


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Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their love
relationship. Erik in an act of total trust, love, and submission laid his tiny
head upon the man's ragged shoulder.

This is...this is just creepy.
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Mizu
Deck the Malls


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That is exactly what I thought too... [Eek!] I don't think a baby should be consummating anything!
~Mizu

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and created the other side of myself in the darkness" ~ Kawaita Sakebi~ Field of View

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Arts Myth
The First USA Noel


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quote:
Originally posted by MIB:
I had just witnessed Christ's love shown through the innocence of a tiny child who saw no sin, who made no judgment; a child who saw a soul, and a mother who saw a suit of clothes.

A child who would happily eat rat poison, or crawl over the edge of a steep flight of stairs, or put his hand in a boiling pot of water, because he was innocent.

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The ragged old man, unwittingly, had reminded me, "To enter the Kingdom of God, we must become as little children."
Hey, you become like a little child and eat rat poison, you'll "enter the Kingdom of God" pretty quick...

quote:
Suddenly a very old smelly man and a very young baby consummated their love
relationship.

Agreed that this bit is just nasty ("love relationship"??? What is this, NAMBLA material?), especially considering the old man's earlier description...

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It was a man whose pants were
baggy with a zipper at half-mast and his toes poked out of would-be shoes...

Had the guy bought anything at the restaurant, or was it their policy to let homeless people in to simply loiter and bother the paying customers?

Arts "maybe consomme with the Campbell's Kids..." Myth

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ZOIDRubashov
I'll Be Home for After Christmas Sales


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Here's the real ending....

I brought the happy baby back in the car. Well maybe Erick would sleep all night. Then I got a whiff.... "Phew!" my husband answered. "You'd better change the baby's clothes and give him a bath when he gets home. That's worse than ten full diapers."

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NansJns
The Red and the Green Stamps


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There isn't enough "ick" in the world to describe this glurge! What kind of mother would let a smelly, homeless old man they'd never seen before hug their baby? And you're all right, that whole "consumating their love relationship" line was just wrong! Eewww!
And what did the husband think of this whole thing, anyway? He just srt of disappeared.

*~*NansJns*~*

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MamaBird
We Three Blings


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I'm sorry, there is no way I'm going to believe that refusing to let that person hold the baby would be an "un-Christian" thing to do. When my children were babies, I would never have let a stranger hold them -- not even a clean stranger. And "consummate a love relationship"? Puh-leeze! Nobody does that with my kid.

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*Astrik*
Xboxing Day


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quote:

We were the only family with children in the restaurant.

It was a strip club.


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Our meal came and the man began shouting from across the room, "Do ya patty
cake? Do you know peek-a- boo? Hey, look, he knows peek-a-boo." Nobody
thought the old man was cute. He was obviously drunk.

Why wasn't he kicked out of the restaurant if he was being that loud and obnoxious?

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Before I could stop him, Erik had propelled himself from my arms to the man's.
Uh...do babies do that all the time or something? It makes it sound like the kid flew or something...


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His aged hands full of grime, pain, and hard labor,
cradled my baby's bottom and stroked his back.

I find that image disturbing. Well, at least he wasn't stroking the baby's bottom... (ducks)
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DawnStorm
Let There Be PCs on Earth


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quote:
Originally posted by hautdesert:

Hmm. I know all kids are different, etc., but both my kids had teeth before they could sit up, and certainly before they could say "Hi there."


Maybe this kid was really precocious! [Big Grin] Either that, or he was a late teether. [Big Grin]

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