Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Turn That Frown Upside Down

Isn't this the saddest, most pitiful look you've ever seen?

What about this one?

Claire has been experimenting lately with frowning at people. Especially people she doesn't know. She's been toying with stranger danger for a few weeks, so I just assumed this was an extension of that.

That face is usually followed by a quivering lip, eyes welling with tears and finally a heartbreaking wail. What kind of mother am I? Exposing my daughter to the horrors of close friends and extended family!

It tears at my heart whenever I see it start to happen. My brain's telling me to just make her feel comfortable, but my gut is telling me to make a run for it.

So, this weekend when we went to a picnic FULL of strangers, it didn't surprise me to see this face again and again.

But with nowhere to run, I tried a little tickle under the chin. And within a matter of seconds, the face immediately changed.

I think I've been played.


  1. The Own You. Not that you didn't already know that :)

  2. I knew when she made the sad face after Daddy told her she should not pinch her sister that we were in trouble with this one!