Now that we have Global Baby, we are starting to meet our neighbors. (Apparently friendliness is not allowed unless you have a child.)
There is one neighbor whom I have met a handful of times.
Each time she has told me that it is time to let Global Baby play in the street with the other children.
I thought she was joking, laughed at her joke and the conversation moved on.
However, each time I have seen her, she has repeated herself. In fact, she practically chastised me.
She said I should leave Global Baby with the other children and come in for coffee. After all, the little girls love babies. And Global Baby will never learn independence if I keep him too close for too long. (Yes, she actually said that!)
There is no way I am leaving my 9 month old child in the care of a group of children ranging from 3 - 8 years old while I go have coffee and a chat! Even if we do live on a quiet street in a small town.
Do the Swiss really do this? I guess thinking back I have seen very young children playing on the street. But I just assumed the parent was somewhere within sight and they were with their older siblings.
What is up with that?