Ha! I KNEW that title would make you click over :)
This is something I can almost guarantee EVERY mom living in mexico that reads my blog (because you all have beautiful children too!) can relate to. And this isn't in a " oooo my kids are sooo cute" way- its more of a "oooo this creeps me out" way.
Here, many people believe it "hacer daño" (does harm) if someone sees a cute child, thinks it is beautiful in some way and then DOESN'T touch, grab, or caress the child. It can be a specific physical attribute about the child (for example my youngest and her very curly hair), or just in general. Usually these touches are like a hand gently pinching a cheek, caressing their hair, or (asking) to hold the child or baby.
Growing up a person with curly hair, I often had people comment on my hair, and ask to touch it (usually ladies in their silver generation) etc. However, I have NEVER seen a person walk up behind a mother walking along with her two children in hand and SWOOP UP her 1.5 yr old without warning?!
What the heck weirdo? Its not funny! Come any closer and I WILL use my awesome-took-tons-of-self-defense-classes-thanks-Dad skills on you. Good thing I had a good grip on my baby, the lady (mid 20's) couldnt even fully hold her in arms, just kinda picked her up, laughed, set her down and walked off.
Pretty much made two executive decisions today-
1) rethinking our thoughts on having. third babe while here in MX. Seriously. I only have two hands.
2) gonna start (illegally) carrying a certain sharp, pointy object (again). Go ahead, report me to the authorities. Or assume I am joking, which ever suits you best.
Freaks, I have got my eyes on you. Bring it.
ETA: I am absolutely NOT saying this is typical here in MX. My inlaws and hubby were standing there and did NOT approve. Had the girl not put her down quickly they would have intervened. This is not normal, at least I am hoping!