I have never expected Faith to like all other kids, but I've never really given it much thought because she seems to like all kids equally. One of the guys in my running club has a daughter about a year younger than Faith and it seems logical that they should get along since they are among the few in the elite "running club toddlers" sub-group. They met before at the club awards breakfast and seemed to like each other, but now Faith has decided that they are mortal enemies.
|How baby fight clubs start|
It's not so much that Faith doesn't LIKE the other baby, it's that she is absolutely terrified of her. I don't get it because look at the size difference!
|Oh no Mommy, don't let her TOUCH ME!|
That picture was taken on Tuesday night and every time the other little girl got close, Faith would scream like I've never heard her scream before. If the other baby had shanked her prison-style, I'd expect the same reaction.
|This is what I'm imagining actually went down|
I blamed Faith's reaction on being too tired and close to bedtime, so I figured a park outing with the other baby would be a fun idea. Apparently Faith doesn't like being set up on dates and wouldn't even look at the little girl or play near her during their play date this morning. When the other girl tried to interact with her, Faith's face just crumpled up and she started screaming. The park play date quickly descended into Faith insisting on sitting on my lap, which is huge fun on a 90 degree morning.
|I just want to play BY MYSELF Mommy.|
|Get these commoners out of my play area!|
|OMG Mommy, she's LOOKING at me again. I can't take this harassment.|
I have three theories on what went wrong here:
1. Faith is afraid of smaller toddlers. Maybe it's because they are faster or more nimble, but how can you trust something so small and petite? Most of Faith's interactions are with slightly older kids, so this theory could be right.
2. It's a phase. This is my favorite blanket explanation.
3. She's racist. It's actually a real thing.
That little girl is her first non-white toddler she has met because everyone I know around here is white because it's the boondocks. Even the dog is racist (you should see her different reaction to delivery men of varying ethnicity). I'm blaming my husband's German heritage for this.
|BURN ZE DORA BOOKS!|
I think the most plausible explanation is that I wanted her to get along with this other little girl and she's just being contrary. It's totally something I'd do.
How do you feel about being set up on friend dates as an adult? I'm ok with it, as long as we have running in common. Otherwise I'm probably going to react like Faith, especially if they just want to talk about crafting.