February 8, 2015
BABIES EVERYWHERE! Remember when I just said we weren’t getting a lot of kids in the videobooth? Well I lied. Apparently a wave of babies rolled into the coffee shop.
I thought it was particularly interesting to hear about the difference between baby culture in Korea and in USA. I’ve heard from other friends that are raising their kids in Korea that they too struggle with the personal space barrier. It is obviously well meant to show both affection and neighbourhoodly care, but it still is a shock to a lot of people to have a total stranger touch or feed their child. We ourselves have experienced this a lot with Spudgy but for some reaoson only with adorable old Korean people. We’ve had little old grannies or grandpas squeal with delight over Spudgy and just bend down and scoop him up without warning! We especially have problems with people lifting him off the ground by only his front paws and talking to him. Since Spudgy was injured in a car accident in the past, he can’t jump up or support himself on his back paws so I have to tell them right away that he’s injured or in pain but most people don’t get it. He flails like the adorable puff ball he is but never bites or barks at them. Just a judgmental side eye look at us like: “MUM. WHAT DO I DO?! STRANGER DANGER. HEY. HEY. MUM.” We have laugh heartily and quickly scoop him out of their arms before Spudgy gets hurt anymore. They’re actually really lucky Spudgy is such a chill dog because a lot of dogs would bite in that situation.
If I’m that frustrated about a totally well-meaning old person hurting my dog, I can only imagine how frustrated I’d be with someone randomly feeding my baby! What if they have an allergy? Maybe I’m being very North American at this point as Korean babies are obviously doing okay…hahahaha! Has anyone else experienced this in either their home country or in Korea? Also, how about Simon’s sexy dancing in the background. Werk it. Werk it Simon.