Today Jef went to get the oil changed and decided to take Otto with him. It was like any other time we take him out on public. We hear whispers & yells of "oh my goodness, look at that hair!". Today was no different.... sort of. Jef went to pay and the older woman working at the counter started the conversation like so many do. "Oh, look at the red hair. I bet you get that all of the time". She told Otto how cute he was and then asked if Jef minded if she held him. She told Jef she was having a bad day and holding a cute baby would lift her spirits. He said sure and passed him over to her. Once the woman was holding Otto she informed Jef as to why she was having a bad day. Today is the 4th anniversary of her teenage grandson's death.
Most new parents would probably have second thoughts about letting a stranger hold their child. I don't know if Jef did and I'm not sure how I would react. How often do we just cut ourselves off from the people around us (strangers)? How often do we ignore how other people are doing because we are so focused on our own silly problems. I'm so glad our son was able to be a blessing to someone outside of his family and friends today. What a great lesson to learn by just getting an oil change.