Friday, June 27, 2008

Happiness maker...

Today we went to the supermarket. Judah was being his typical flirty market self. His flirty moves include: spotting his victim, pulling or pushing me (rather roughly and in a time sensitive manner) if I'm obstructing his view, tilting his head to the side, smiling so big he scrunches up his nose, and either yelling or yell-laugh-combo-ing it till the victim looks. If the victim is responsive, then he ups his antics with louder laughing and more big scrunched-up-nose smiles. It's almost embarrassing, but always in a good way.
This behavior is reserved for the ladies. Young ladies. Ladies from the age of 2-42 (yes, although an ageist, Jude's got range). Today, as I was picking out some sweet potato puffs, (highly recommended, basically Judah and I pop em all day long - quite addictive) he pushed my arm out of the way and I instantly knew he was going to put the moves on someone ... No stopping Judah.
The surprise was that it was a 75 year old woman and her 95 year old mother. These moves were elaborate and didn't wane. As they walked by he twisted and turned to extend the flirtation, adding additional nose crinkles and laughs their way. The woman laughed back and said "Oh, I LOVE you!"...
Later, while we were doing our market rounds, we saw the women again. Jude instantly recognized them and started putting on his aforementioned moves. The woman smiled very warmly and said, "He just made my day. Seriously. I was in so much pain. My back hurt so badly I didn't know if I could make it to the market today. Now I'm so glad I did. He made all the pain worth it. I love him. It was love at first sight."
Sometimes I think he's wise beyond his years. He somehow knows who needs a little extra sugar and gives it to em. Jude is just such a good friend, I was one proud mommy.

8 comments:

KelleyO said...

I love the way you talk about your son. You can tell that you are good person, he's going to be just like you.

Jocelyn said...

I am so proud of Judah...he really is such a sweet, sweet boy!! I can't wait to see him again in August!!

Lori said...

He IS a good friend! I wish you guys lived closer! :)

He is pure sunshine to everyone he meets (or that sees video/pictures of him)!

xo Lor

Eastiopians said...

During my lunchbreak, I sit at my desk and check on the blog families that I love to see what's new. Each time I get to Judah my officemate wants to know what is going on with him. Every now and then we scroll back to the older posts to watch him laugh. If the volume is loud enough on my computer, people come from down the hall to see where that angelic laugh is coming from...and it's your boy. We love ya Judah!...from an office in Tennessee. :)

brotayjax said...

So, the truth is that this post did not tell me anything that I didn't already know. Judah was a happiness maker from the day we met him in Ethiopia. But, I'll tell you what...

I love coming to your blog and seeing his new milestones as they emerge, listening to his laugh and seeing him do it no matter how many times you post it, and just seeing his contagious smile. I've needed all these things this past week, and Judah hasn't failed me. Your little man has been a happiness maker for me this week, too.

Give him hugs and kisses for me and then pretend that some of the ones he gives to you are from me! Love you guys...

Heather said...

see?? STRANGERS are powerless to this magic. i completely admit that i got worked - let him stay up a whole extra hour while he giggled, pushed my hair out of my face and put his teeny tiny finger on my nose, lips and eyelashes, and when all else failed, let out the oh-so-rare heartbreaking cry - but if STRANGERS are powerless... what is an auntie to do??

J'Laine said...

such a little flirt! what a social guy...he is such an amazing little energy...or should I say big energy. He is truly the life of the party! I cannot wait to get to know him more as he grows up. He has a smile that just does not stop!
we love and miss you guys!
jill

Lindy Young said...

That is so, such a sweet story. I am a little teary, writing you just to say, THANK YOU for being such a great mom so that Judah can be the secure and sweetly sensitive little boy that he is and such a light for us. I think this is what it looks like when people are changing the world.