I don’t know how to make people stop touching Alex.
Whenever we go out, wherever we go out, people come up to him. They talk to him, touch his face, brush his hair with their fingers, and try to hold his hand. Women and men alike will come up to him. If it is just the two of us out, at least three people will walk up to him every hour. It seems that when I’m with more people it doesn’t happen nearly as often. Because of this, I’ll avoid going out without someone else with me. I don’t like strangers touching my son.
Walking up to an infant, or any child, without invitation, is unacceptable for so many reasons:
1. You aren’t talking to me. You know, the adult. You are ignoring me. Treating me like I’m just an object in the way. Clearly, you need some help, because he can’t talk yet. Oh, and he probably doesn’t like you because I probably don’t like you. He follows my lead on whether or not to like someone.
2. He’s not property. He’s not a pet. He is a human being. Would you come up to a grown adult and just grab them because you felt like it? If you would, you especially need to stay away.
3. You’re probably carrying some sort of illness. Most of us are, so it’s not really personal.
4. It’s just rude. Would you want me coming up and interrupting your conversation? Would you want me to walk up, pretend like you are not there, distract you, all while you are clearly in the middle of something?
Seriously, back off. I don’t know how to tell you nicely to get away, so I’m probably going to say something rude. It would be a lot easier if I didn’t have to say anything. If you would just keep your hands to yourself. Weren’t we all taught that in Kindergarten?