My son is gorgeous. Red hair, blue eyes, and he grins at everyone. So I am not surprised that he gets attention whenever we go to the store or the post office.
But people always touch him. Not inappropriately — usually they pinch his feet (which strikes me as odd, but isn’t the source of my confusion). Sometimes they touch his cheek. It doesn’t bother him, but it makes me uncomfortable, especially if he is in a sling and therefore on my body; if he’s in his stroller it doesn’t weird me out quite as much.
This has happened since he was born (he is eleven months old) and there were only two instance when it was not a Hispanic person touching him. What I’m wondering, and I hope this isn’t going to be misconstrued as more than curiosity: Is it a cultural thing? Do Latin American countries have a more communal approach to children? Or is it just a coincidence (because there is such a high ratio of Hispanic people in LA)?
Any insight or opinions?