Wednesday, February 20th, 2008
Would you, could you, have you ever said, “Don’t touch my baby”?
Moms know that unsolicited touching begins during pregnancy. In my wife’s case, the groping profile is old women and coworkers.
She works in a hospital and people who don’t know her, but recognize her as a hospital employee feel comfortable walking up and touching her belly.
After our first child was born, we were intruded upon much less often. Women and store clerks would give a close gander and in a few instances touch our daughter.
A particular store clerk became known to us when he reached across from the cashier side to the customer side to touch her head.
Later, when our daughter could sit in a shopping cart, he touched her again. We didn’t say anything, but avoid him to this day. We’re just not the confrontational type.
So, here’s an interesting product.
Wordsies Wear are baby shirts and bodysuits that bear blunt warning messages.
They are emblazoned with such sayings as:
- Look but don’t touch
- If you can read this, you’re too close
- Please don’t compare me to your baby
- Please don’t smoke near me
- Please don’t kiss my lips
- Wash your hands first
Would you put one of these on your baby as a sort of preemptive strike on passersby? It strikes the innocent and guilty alike. Meanwhile, spoken words can come too late. Baby gropers have lightning hands.
Please share your horror stories or perhaps how you’ve handled or even averted an international incident.