Thank you for all your kind comments on Tuesday's post! To my beloved reader Cassie, who wondered whether Hazel ever smiles, I give you this:
It's funny. I too, had secretly wondered about this kid. I'd look at the pictures of this beautiful, but very stoic looking toddler on Courtney's Facebook page and think, what the hell does she have to worry about? April 15 is rapidly approaching and I'm the one who still hasn't collected all my tax shit.
I get to see Hazel only every couple of months, and usually there are so many other people around that she withdraws a bit. Last week, though, I was really able to get to know her. I was kind of relieved to see that she actually does smile and even giggles when you play little baby games with her. She is pure joy.
That said, Hazel is still the most serious baby ever. My own kids, as well as my grandson, Connor, were the type of babies that took in the world wide-eyed and marveled at everything like it was their first day on earth. Look, a ball! Look, a light switch that goes on-off, on-off! Everything amazed them.
Hazie is different. Sometimes she sits back with almost an air of disinterest. I get the feeling this is not her first time on this planet; I think she's an old soul who's been here, done that many times before and can't believe she's back for another go-around. Don't get me wrong; Hazel has a sweet disposition and you really can engage her. It's just that nothing seems new to her.
It's going to be interesting watching her grow. I wonder, have you ever encountered a baby like Hazel? What kind of child/person did that baby grow up to be?