This happened when DS was a baby. He is blond and blue-eyed and was a strikingly beautiful baby in a town where the majority population is more ethnically diverse. I was surprised at how many people felt the need to touch his head as they went past, but figured it was his beautiful blond hair.
Then we started doing foster care. We had a little boy who was a different race and again, I noticed that strangers would touch his head. He also has beautiful hair, and is pretty darn cute, but isn't particularly exotic-looking for the demographic here.
Today, we had yet another foster child with us, of yet another race. Some guy walked past us as we were eating and said, "He looks like a good eater" and touched his head.
These are not always older people, like grandparent types. The guy today was younger than I am, a big tough guy in a football jersey.
Is this a cultural thing that I'm not aware of? Religious? Or just a different type of community than I'm used to? (I grew up on the East Coast -- we don't touch ANYBODY where I come from!)
Edited by swd12422 - 2/17/13 at 2:51pm