A Stranger

My husband and I are in Virginia wine country and yesterday decided to visit Doukenie Winery for their event “A Taste of Italy”. As Heritage Club Members, we were very excited to attend and taste some delicious food and wine. Needless to say, the event fell short of our expectations.  The staff we interacted with was rude and not at all what we have come to know and expect from Doukenie. We treated two family members to the event hoping they could see why we joined the wine club, but they too were turned off by the attitudes we received and lack of process.

Anyway, something completely unrelated to the wine event happened while we were there and I am still wondering why. My son was playing in the grass and a complete stranger walked over and picked him up. My son was terrified and began screaming in horror. When the man finally put him down, my son came running to me and grabbed my neck so hard that I think I still have finger marks on it. Obviously, the strange man felt really bad for the reaction my son had and apologized profusely. His wife was completely mortified and was also very apologetic. They really were nice people, but I am still puzzled what possessed this man to just walk over to my child and pick him up?

Have you ever had something like this happen? I felt like we already had attention drawn to us because of my son’s reaction so I tried to be as calm as possible (although I wanted to tell the guy to buzz off).

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2 Thoughts to “A Stranger”

  1. Last week a total stranger in Costco decided to tickle my youngest son as he sat in the cart. Not only did it make me feel uncomfortable, but my son was PISSED. He yelled at the man (in his secret toddler language). And then the guy wouldn’t leave us alone. I never know what to say in those types of situations. I probably should have said “Please don’t touch my kids.” But I always worry that if someone is going to act inappropriately like that, they may react inappropriately. So I just said, “They are really tired and shy.” And put my arms on the cart so that it wouldn’t happen again.

    This man was probably harmless, just not thinking.

  2. Marie Byrd

    Strange. We get alot of of people ecspecially in the shop that want to hold/ pick up Izzie, but they always ask first and I always respond with if she will allow you too. Izzie is funny because some days she loves the lil ol ladies and other days she will react as your lil man. However I must say that if someone was to pick up either one of my kids without first asking I would not have been able to be calm about it. That is just absurd. In this day and age I would never just go and pick up someones child without their permission unless that child was seriously in danger or hurt. Very wierd. I swear some people are clueless. Izzie owuld have flipped out too!

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