I've never been a person who is completely insensitive. But in the past 15 years or so (yeah, starting at around puberty) I haven't let much emotion in at all. I never got terribly wrapped up in other people's sob stories, and I just didn't find sad THAT sad, bad THAT bad, glad THAT glad, etc. BUT, ever since I became a mommy, something weird is happening to me. I am empathetic. I am concerned about others in a way I never have been before. What's going on here? The ice is melting?? Kinda scary.
For instance---picture it. Earlier. In the checkout line at the Mart of Wal (sidenote: under one hundred dollars, thank you very much!). I'm busily putting my purchases on the conveyer belt, when another cashier comes to our register with a can of spray paint in her hand and a dirty, older man with pronounced positioning of one side of his body and spray paint all over his mouth/face. The two cashiers give each other knowing looks, and my cashier rings it up for him. When he walks away, the cashiers kinda chuckle about how he was not getting ready to paint anything with that can of spray paint. All I could say was "Bless his heart." And it took all I could do to NOT cry. CRY OVER SOMEONE I DON'T KNOW! WHAT?! Maybe I'm emotional because of hormones. Or maybe I've gone haywire after becoming a mommy. Either way, I'm not complaining... it's just very weird for me.
In other news, the little man is walking like a champ! He's been actually walking since probably 11.5 months, although he started doing steps in his 10th month. Now he's practically running. He's going through a very-grumpy-and-whiny-and-clingy-and-not-wanting-to-sleep phase. It's NOT fun. I'll be glad when my happy baby comes back. :)
That's all, Folks!