“Give us a smile,” says the one they call Aunty. I furrow my forehead into a frown.

“Go on, coochie coochie coo.” A bony finger strokes my chin but is unappreciative of my offering of breastmilk vomit.

“Almost, I think a smile is coming.” Any vestige of one quickly fades. “No? Probably just wind.”

“Who’s a gorgeous boy then?”

This time a wrinkled face looms, suddenly transformed to disgust as it gets downwind. “Oh dear, I think this little man needs changing,” she says, not volunteering. “Never mind, next time maybe.”

The door closes behind her.
I beam with delight.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
8 months ago

Love this, Susan. I can remember those days well. Emily used to give people a look as if to enquire if they were slightly demented. Her brother used his smile to wrap everyone round his little finger. You’ve captured the emotions of the baby’s audience extremely well. Nicely done.

Preston Randall
Preston Randall(@preston-randall)
8 months ago

Well, this definitely made me smile! Wind, vomit, dirty diapers… how can we resist?

Allan Neil
Allan Neil(@allan-neil)
8 months ago

Got me smiling, Susan. Welcome to the world, little newcomer. Lovely.

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
8 months ago

This is so funny, Susan! The baby’s only form of defence… vomit and a soiled nappy! And the final victory… a smile, once Auntie has left the room! Loved it!

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
8 months ago

The baby really knows how to get rid of overly friendly people! Ha,Ha!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
8 months ago

You have me smiling too, Susan. I can clearly imagine those days. 

And wait, who’s that baby? Is he your grandson? So adorable and cute. I love to kiss him. I wish he will not vomit when I kiss him. hahahahaha

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
8 months ago

I think everybody can relate to this story, Susan. I like the twist of perspective and the humorous touch.

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
8 months ago

This is a sweet story. Susan. Babies move to the beat of their own drums, don’t they? And the last line was my favorite. He does it when no one is around, of course he would ? . Great work!

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