Yesterday Little Owl and I took the bus into the city for an adventure.
I never particularly enjoyed taking the bus pre-baby. It was always a little awkward. I don't know what it was about the bus but everyone who chose to ride it seemed either grumpy, slightly strange or downright scary. I used to take a set of headphones --even if I wasn't listening to anything-- just so no one would talk to me. (I know, real friendly, huh?)
Lately, however, to my surprise as much as anyone's, it has been a preferred mode of transportation. It is nice to not have to worry about her getting stressed out in the car--screaming incessantly until it rolls to a stop and I can take her out. She does alright most of the time but on occasion she loses it. It's convenient to have her attached to me in my trusty Ergo or sling (I love baby-wearing!) I can be aware of her needs, see her the entire time and not have to worry about her waking up by transferring her in/out of the car-seat every time I have to stop for an errand.
|(Little Little Owl)|
This is an older picture of her. (It's crazy how fast they change!) Now she holds her head up out of the Ergo and takes in the world with curiosity and awe.
Carrying my baby on the bus has given me a whole new perspective on my city. She loves everyone. Everyone loves her. No matter who is on the bus--on old lady, a hard-shelled teenage boy, a bored college student, a suit-dressed middle-aged man--she loves them. She wants to greet each and every one.
She looks at them, looks at me, looks back at them, wiggles with excitement, pauses for a moment and then calls to them with squeals. It's as if she is saying, "Hello. I love you. Can I brighten your day?"
No one can ignore her. Not even those (like I used to be) who are trying very hard to pretend they don't exist for the ten minutes they have to ride the bus. Strangers can't help but smile or chuckle back.
As she gets older I know I will have to teach her about "stranger danger". But for now, it's beautiful to see how trusting she is of the world, how loving, and excited she is by it all. It's wonderful to see how she lights up those around her with her smile and joy at life, while nestled safely on my chest.
I love this baby girl so much.